IPIS has provided technical support to the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) by developing an interactive web app displaying PIAC’s extensive mapping of war crimes and human rights abuses during the civil war in Sri Lanka between 1983 and 2009. IPIS supported the project by accompanying the database integration and by developing a visualisation tool in the form of a web map and a data table.
The web map allows users to query thousands of reported human rights violations using advanced search functionalities including regions, time period, violation type and keywords. PIAC’s research is completely based on open-source information, making it possible to link to sources for each recorded incident on the web map. The map demonstrates patterns of violations over place and time as well as gaps and trends in reporting with a view to advancing truth-seeking efforts, accountability and justice.