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Documenting Rio’s Resistance: Interview with ‘State of Exception’ Director Jason O’Hara

In his new film Canadian documentary filmmaker Jason O’Hara takes on forced evictions and mega-events, working collaboratively with Rio’s communities to tell stories of resistance and document human rights abuses since 2010.

Director Michèle Stephenson Discusses Impact and “American Promise”

Our series of interviews featuring the filmmaking teams behind the the five winners of the 2014 BritDoc Impact Award for documentaries continues this week with an interview with Michèle Stephenson, director of American Promise.

This Week on the Human Rights Channel – ICYMI Edition

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.

The WITNESS Blog: A Look Back at 2014 and Look Ahead to 2015

In 2014 we contextualized dozens of citizen videos on human rights; shared resources for using video for change, archiving video and interviewing survivors of sexual violence; interviewed filmmakers, activists and journalists; advocated for better use of technology to aid those using video for change; celebrated stories of courage, and much more.

Video Evidence from Sri Lanka’s No Fire Zones Spurs UN Investigation

Filmmaker Callum Macrae discusses his documentary looking into and calling for a UN investigation of human rights abuses committed toward the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war.

Maziar Bahari on Solitary Confinement, Freedom of Expression, and the Future of (Citizen) Journalism

Maziar Bahari speaks to WITNESS about the new film “Rosewater” which tells the story of his solitary confinement and torture in an Iranian prison.

The Blackfish Effect – How Film Can Impact Big Business

Interview with Britdoc Impact Award winner, filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite, about the social change influence her documentary, “Blackfish,” has had on big business and in legal courtrooms.

Reporting on Sexual Assault and Gender-Based Violence: #16 Days Round-Up

In this round-up we share noteworthy videos, articles and resources that were published during this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

The 2014 Human Rights Citizen Video – Year in Review

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?

Top 7 Takeaways from WITNESS’ Guide to Filming Sexual Violence Survivors

The Syria Justice and Accountability Center shares key guidance from a WITNESS guide designed to help effectively document sexual and gender based violence in Syria.

Music Monday – Human Rights Day Edition

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted on 10 December 1948. The date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide. For this Music Monday playlist we curated songs about well-known human rights defenders and about human rights more broadly.

An Interview with Pamela Yates About the Impact of “Granito”

Part of a series featuring the 2014 BritDoc Impact Award winners, we interview Pamela Yates about Granito which investigates how archival footage was used as evidence to bring an indictment against a former Guatemalan dictator.

Security for All – November 2014 Tech News Digest

Privacy shouldn’t be an afterthought for anyone designing online tools. Digital security, while extremely important for human rights activists, should be accessible to everyone.

Data and Storytelling: Crisis Mapping For Human Rights Solutions

WITNESS’ Alexandra Zaretsky learns that maps are not merely a way to freeze objects, people, and places at a specific moment in time. Rather, in the hands of this visionary community working on maps to enable social good, they can be so much more.