The Human Rights Video Weekly: Bansky’s Take on Citizen Video from Syria
Posted on October 8, 2013 by Madeleine Bair
As the international effort to disable Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile gets underway, the destruction of the country by conventional weapons continues. This is just one of the stories we are monitoring this week through verified YouTube videos from around the world. Here are some other recent highlights we’ve featured on the channel:
Citizen videos from the uprising in Sudan have noticeably slowed down after last week’s mass arrests and internet shutdown. We are still sourcing and verifying content that emerged before then and adding them to our Sudan Revolts playlist. Civil society groups have called on the African Union to open a commission of inquiry into allegations of human rights violations, and these video could corroborate such allegations. Note in this video of a silent protest of family members of the detained, a link in the YouTube description to a letter to the National Intelligence and Security Service demanding the release of their sons and daughters.
The latest video to draw attention to the war in Syria is not by a citizen journalist but by the artist, Banksy. His video, Rebel Rocket Attack, is an absurdist remix using elements of Syrian citizen video, the Disney character, Dumbo, and what appears to be a dramatic reenactment. We’ll let art critics debate the meaning, but audio of the piece appears to have been taken from this verified citizen video from rural Aleppo this February, showing rebels shooting down a helicopter.
This week, we’re keeping our eyes on:
Egypt, where citizen videos document escalating violence committed by authorities and civilians.
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