If talks between Cuban diplomats and their U.S. counterparts were expected to improve the repressive environment many Cuban dissidents face, video testimony from Cuba tells a very different story.
From Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro, the West Bank, and Kingston, violent interactions between security forces and civilians are caught on camera. But many factors are at play when it comes to if, when, and how this footage is used in efforts for justice and accountability.
In Myanmar, the attack on a Red Cross convoy transporting civilians away from fighting is captured on camera. In Ukraine the massive amount of video taken by protesters and reporters during the Euromaidan protests of late 2013 to early last year provides evidence of crimes against humanity. And in Peru, an oil company halts some of its operations after the death of a student protester, as indigenous groups continue to demand compensation for use of their land.
While restrictions on Cuban media make it difficult to know what the average Cuban thinks of the current policy changes underway, a growing network of independent bloggers, news outlets, and activists are documenting developments and filming stories and opinions that the state-controlled media ignores.
Saudi Arabia takes punitive measures against a blogger charged with insulting Islam, citizen journalists in the Nuba Mountains report that December was the most violent month in the war in South Kordofan, and the anniversary of Haiti’s devastating quake is marked with a protest against political gridlock.
From the results of Kashmir’s election to an interview with Aleppo’s Free Syrian Army fighters, and calls for peace and security in Pakistan following the deadly school attack last month, this posts features some of the citizen reports that came out at the end of 2014.
Police brutality, forced evictions, political protests and migrant abuse. A look back at 2014’s human rights struggles through citizen footage. What videos did we watch, and what impact did they have?
A video described as showing Syrian kids attacked by snipers was revealed to be the work of filmmakers and actors in Malta. It’s only the latest example of online video shared with misleading context.
Citizen video documents the unfolding events in Burkina Faso. Protesters in France respond to the death of an environmental activist, and eyewitness footage captures a massacre in Iraq.
Advocacy groups use raw footage to spotlight the repression of anti-drilling protests in Western Sahara and violation of migrant rights the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Plus, citizen and activist videos document the continued destruction of Donetsk.
The European Council and United Nations condemn Spain’s treatment of migrants after a Melilla-based migrant rights group documents border guards striking border crossers on the fence and carrying them back to Morocco.
Images and first person accounts from Syrian refugees, a Mexican student who survived a deadly police attack, and Honduran villagers evicted from their homes.
Reports by imperiled community journalists in Guatemala paint a picture of horror when police forces descend upon communities battling a hydroelectric dam.
Indigenous rights activists in Honduras describe the fear of living among known killers of human rights defenders. Cambodian villagers who brought their protest to the capital make a step forward in a long running land dispute.
This week on the Human Rights Channel videos from Argentina, South Africa, and Gaza provide evidence of abuse by security forces.
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