Do We Need a Dedicated Repository for Human Rights Media?

A dedicated online video-sharing site or database could show the breadth and scale of human rights violations worldwide, and enable coordinated action.

New How-To Guide For Interviewing Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Tips for human rights activists, citizen journalists and others seeking to film interviews with survivors in a safe and ethical manner.

This Week in Human Rights Video: 5-Year-Old Detained by Israeli Defense Forces

The detention of a 5-year-old highlights a widespread practice- the detention of children by Israeli forces and citizen videos show ethnic tension in Central Russia

InformaCam Rises to the Knight News Challenge

The same information that journalists and judges use to verify a human rights video is what repressive regimes use to identify and target activists. How can video activists stay credible and safe? …with InformaCam.

Is This For Real? How InformaCam Improves Verification of Mobile Media Files

There is currently a deluge of media coming from the world’s mobile devices for potential use as evidence or trusted sources for journalists. WITNESS and the Guardian Project are working to provide a mechanism, InformaCam, to verify and authenticate this footage.

From Syria to Burma: 2012 in Citizen Human Rights Video

Only six words accompany the video. But they are just enough background needed for the one minute and seven seconds it depicts: “ROHINGYA MUSLIM VILLAGE IN ANDI VILLAGE 2.”

20 Powerful Moments in Human Rights Video

Every year on December 10th, human rights organizations mark International Human Rights Day. To highlight our 20th anniversary and Human Rights Day, we’re sharing 20 significant human rights video moments. Compiled by the entire WITNESS team and presented in chronological order, the list reflects instances where video (or film) made a difference: as evidence in a court or tribunal, galvanized mass mobilization or outrage, marked a turning point, a new use of technology for human rights, and more.

Is it Authentic? When Citizens and Soldiers Document War

On November 1, a particular video caught not only our attention at the Human Rights Channel, but also that of international observers, news outlets, and criminal prosecutors. It’s the type of video whose images have altered the discussion of the Syrian conflict, and may also revolutionize the role of citizen video in times of war.

Video, Human Rights and Drug Policy in Ukraine

At my organization, the Association of Substitution Treatment Advocates of Ukraine, we provide psychosocial support to patients in substitution therapy (ST). Ukraine has the highest HIV infection rates in Europe, and one of the highest rates of drug addiction in the world, so I can say with confidence that I’m doing useful work.

The (Virtual) Bystander Effect: Witnessing Human Rights Abuse Online

When a video goes viral, millions of people become witnesses. Whether it is a clumsy kitten, an adorable child, or a gruesome protest, we as viewers are transported to that moment. We see everything. We hear everything. But we change nothing.

Visual Anonymity and YouTube’s New Blurring Tool

Today YouTube announced a new tool within their upload editor that enables people to blur the faces within the video, and then publish a version with blurred faces.

Video Advocacy Example: Waste and Recycling Workers’ Rights in Los Angeles

Every American produces garbage. The issue of what happens to this waste is relevant to all of us. Before watching this video, it had never occurred to me that waste plant workers in the U.S. are encountering human rights abuses on a daily basis.

Behind-the-Scenes of Our 20th Anniversary Video

The challenge: Make a video that encapsulates WITNESS and its work empowering human rights defenders to use video since 1992, set against a backdrop of global events from the last 20 years.

20 Years of Witnessing

It is hard to believe it has been 20 years since WITNESS was born in the aftermath of the Rodney King incident. Since then, WITNESS made it its mission to enable people to use video as a powerful tool in human rights advocacy and we are proud to have trained over 3,000 human rights activists and collaborated with over 300 groups in more than 80 countries.