WITNESS Weekly Picks – August 8 Edition

This week we feature articles on new innovations and practices in citizen journalism, data mapping and the protection of human rights.

What We’re Reading: July 19 Edition

The future of cinema, passwords and digital security, the implementation of police cameras in law enforcement agencies across the nation and much more.

What We’re Reading: July 11 Edition

This week we feature commentary on another side of the war in Syria, President Obama’s call for additional funds to curtail the flow of children from Latin America attempting to enter the US, and articles about video verification, safety for journalists and predicting the impact of advocacy media on social change.

What We’re Reading, May 9 Edition

From human rights in Syria to the Central African Republic, with stops in digital archiving and tools for verifying video along the way.

What We’re Reading, May 2 Edition

From YouTube clampdowns to a new verification app to human rights in Western Sahara and Algeria, here’s what we’re reading.

WITNESS Gains Accreditation with the UN Economic and Social Council

Good news! WITNESS has been granted consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Read on to find out on how this accreditation will strengthen our work.

We Must Act: Obama Announces Climate Action Plan, Citing Health of Future Generations

Obama announced his climate change plan, advocating for future generations the same way TRUST activists have done for themselves and their communities.

In Focus: Iran’s 2013 Presidential Election

Despite technical challenges and government surveillance, Iranians are determined to share with the world videos expressing dissent and frustration during the presidential election cycle.

As Brazil Marks One-Year Countdown to 2014 World Cup, Thousands Cope with Forced Evictions

Thousands of Brazil’s residents struggle to rebuild their lives after being forcibly removed from their homes to prepare for the multi-billion dollar sports event.

Turkey for the People, Filmed by the People

As the #OccupyGezi protests have surged, Turkish mainstream media has foundered. Citizen journalists–“sivil gazeteci,” in Turkish–have stepped in. This is what they’ve shown us.

16 Days Series: Rape as Weapon in Political, Ethnic & Religious Conflict in Burma

Over the last half-century, the Burmese have endured a violent military regime, censorship, ethnic tension, and religious conflict. As these videos indicate, the conflict in Burma affects minority populations and their women the most.

President Obama Travels To Burma and Southeast Asia Amid Rising Tensions

President Obama leaves tomorrow to make a historic visit to Southeast Asia, specifically to Burma (also known as Myanmar), where he will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country. However, escalating violence in western Burma, where ethnic minorities have been attacked, displaced, and persecuted by civilians and state forces, undermines recent democratic progress in the country.

The ICC Renders Its First Sentence: Is Justice Served for Congolese Child Soldiers?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rendered it’s first ever sentence in the case of Mr. Thomas Lubanga, a Congolese warlord and leader of UPC (Union Patriotique Congolais). Lubanga was convicted, as co-perpetrator, on three counts of war crimes including enlisting and conscripting of children under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities in the Ituri region, in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between September 2002 and June 2003.

Personal Reflection on Human Rights Values and the Anti-Muslim Video

I’d like to share my views on the recent events as a human rights advocate who has used/is using video for human rights change – particularly recently in North Africa and the Middle East; as an African; and as a Christian.

Transforming Human Rights Reporting: Merging Mainstream News and Citizen Content

Human rights issues were never easily portrayed or understood in conventional news paradigms. Few news agencies can allocate sufficient resources to effectively depict these ongoing complex issues. Even with substantial budgets and protection, journalists often face life-threatening risks while reporting these stories.