Video as Evidence: Turning Citizen Video into Justice

Citizen video rarely meets the high bar set for video as evidence. A new guide from WITNESS aims to help.

Call for Videos on Police Violence During World Cup Protests

As protestors in Brazil take to the streets during the World Cup, WITNESS has created a collaborative database to track ongoing police violence.

After Abuses, Liberians Demand Action from U.S. Government

A new video and report by the Accountability Counsel were recently submitted as part of a formal complaint filed by hundreds of Liberians demanding accountability for a U.S. federal agency’s funding of a biomass project that caused serious human rights, labor and environmental abuses, including sexual abuse by company employees of local women.

How To Film Protests: Video Tip Series for Activists at Occupy Wall Street, in Syria and Beyond

The thousands of human rights-related videos being created and shared – from raw documentation of human rights violations in Syria to the Occupy protests and the range of police abuse and misconduct therein – illuminate the role that citizen video is playing to not only inform us but also to motivate us to take action.

Elections in Egypt and the DRC: Hope for A Better Future

Today is very special to the African continent with two major election days taking place in Egypt and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In these two big African countries, WITNESS has two very active campaigns.

U.S. Human Rights Record Under Review by the U.N.

This week marks the first comprehensive review of the U.S. human rights record on an international stage. On November 5, 2010 the UN Human Rights Council will question the U.S. about its past human rights record under a process known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Kate Doyle: “Archivists Can Be At the Heart of Accountability and Justice”

On October 27, the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, I spoke with Kate Doyle, Senior Analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America at the National Security Archive (NSA), about the Guatemala Project, the notion of the activist archivist and how archives can advocate for open societies.

Archives Without Borders

The preliminary program is now available for the Archives Without Borders international congress announced some months ago. Co-hosted by VVBAD, the Flemish association for archivists and librarians, and KVAN, the Dutch association for archivists, the meeting will be held August 30 and 31, 2010 in the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Lawsuit to demand Cheney papers be made public

Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW) (with others) has filed a lawsuit to challenge Vice president Dick Cheney’s position, supported by NARA, that his office is not part of the Bush administration, and thus not subject to the Presidential Records Act of 1978. See the Washington Post for more.