Over the past few weeks, human rights activists in the Western Balkans have received GPS/GSM security bracelets developed by the Swedish technology company PFO Tech. The bracelet, distributed through the Natalia Project, allows the wearer to emit distress signals through live GPS positioning when threatened or attacked. The signal is sent to a pre-assigned group of peoples, as well as the Civil Rights Defenders headquarters in Stockholm.
The security bracelet is also linked through social media, so that transparent reporting of hate crimes, attacks, or threats can be seen online. It is hoped that with online and visible reporting, social media users will be able to pressure local regimes to take action and prevent further civil and human rights abuses.
Kristi Pinderi, an LGBT activist and Executive Director of LGBT Pro in Albania, is one of those who has recently received the bracelet. He said, ”Behind the bracelet there is an entire system and organisation with people, institutions, and media ready and willing to act in case of an emergency. It is a way for human rights activists not to feel alone and it is definitely the best tool for empowering them.”
News source: NewsCision