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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.

Citizen Videos Capturing Police Violence at Protests in Brazil Used as Evidence

Citizen video has become a critical resource in the struggle to ensure rights and in cases to prosecute police violence in Brazilian cities.

Human Rights Video From Israel and Palestine, Brazil, Syria

An American teen describes being beaten in Jerusalem, Brazilian activists question police conduct, and an update on police abuse in South Africa.

World Cup Final Four Not the End for Human Rights Defenders

As the World Cup comes to a close, a new campaign highlights the courageous and critical work of Human Rights Defenders from the nations represented at the tournament.

Real-time Reports of Sri Lanka’s Sectarian Violence

Recently, the city of Aluthgama in Sri Lanka erupted in the worst sectarian violence the country has seen in years. We review the videos and other citizen reports that provided critical documentation of the story.

Music Monday – Freedom Is Not Free Edition

This week’s song list celebrates freedom. The artists in their songs on this list speak to independence, censorship, and wanting to be free.

World Cup Futebol and Freedom of Expression in Brazil: An Update

Videos curated by the Human Rights Channel highlight the reality of discontent surrounding the World Cup, and the ongoing threats to civil and economic rights during the large-scale sporting event.

Hunger Games Meme + Call for Social Justice = Empowerment?

Thai protesters use the “Hunger Games” three finger gesture to show their silent opposition to the recent military coup. Can this tactic help your campaign?

Cambodian Migrants Leave Thailand in Droves

More than 250,000 Cambodian migrant workers have fled Thailand–but why did they choose to cross borders in the first place?

Human Rights Video Weekly: Cambodia, Colombia, Kenya and Egypt

Hundreds of thousands of Cambodian migrants flee Thailand, victims of Columbia’s ongoing conflict share their stories and Kenyan activists are jailed for speaking out.

Consent, Privacy, and A Video of Sexual Assault

In Part 2 of our series on the Ethics of Curating Citizen Video, we discuss a video documenting sexual assault in Egypt.

Music Monday – LGBT Pride Edition

Happy LGBT Pride! This week’s Music Monday playlist combines some new, some old, and well known artists to help bring ‘pride’ to your work day music listening.

Syrian and Venezuelan Activists Exchange Field Notes

Activists filming on the ground in Venezuela and Syria share experiences and exchange field notes on how to use video as effective documentation.

Stopping Bulldozers: Fighting Forced Evictions with Video

From citizen journalists in India to audiovisual artists in Colombia, people are using WITNESS resources to strengthen their grassroots work in the fight against forced evictions and to empower more to get involved.