What We’re Reading: July 25 Edition

Every week we publish a list of our favorite articles on human rights, video, and advocacy. This week features the promotion of LGBT rights in India, the use of social media to uncover the mystery behind the downed Malaysia Flight MH17 and much more.

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.

The Human Rights Video Weekly: Drones Strikes in Yemen, Slavery in India

Rare video from Yemen where a drone attack killed members of a wedding party in December; a community correspondent in India helps free men and women from slave labor.

UN Experts Demand Stop to Forced Evictions in India

Eight UN experts called for an immediate halt to the construction of a large steel plant in Eastern India which will forcibly evict as many as 22,000 people.

Telling the Story at the Heart of the News

The beating heart of every news event is a story about people. Community video helps those affected to bring the issue to life. The result is accurate, authentic, and powerful—and here’s how to do it.

Women’s Video Journalism–More Than Just Reporting

WorldPulse’s Citizen Journalism Program trains women to report about deeper social issues, and through reporting, to change them.

Land rights violations in India meet continued resistance

In the dark hours of the night, police forcefully entered two Indian villages, in the name of “development”. 6 people were seriously injured; 50 were arbitrarily detained; and 1 was arrested. Here’s what we can do.

Dear Mandela: Putting a Documentary to Work

Impact does not happen in a straight line: you make the film, show it, and things change. We spent four years shooting Dear Mandela, but it wasn’t until we finished that we fully understood where our audience would be.

People Before Profit: New Video on Global Forced Evictions

New video People Before Profit – bringing communities across the world together to tell the global story of forced evictions. WITNESS has supported forced evictions campaigns for more than 10 years. During this time, these projects have amplified the voices of communities across the world. For World Habitat Day we are bringing many of these voices together for the first time to tell another story.

The Human Cost of India’s Genetically Modified Agriculture

Director Micha X. Peled, in his dramatic film, Bitter Seeds, introduces us to citizens of a small Indian town who are dealing with the impacts of GMO seeds in their community. Bitter Seeds is a dire warning to us about the potentially devastating impacts on US agriculture due to GMO seeds. The film offers an intimate portrayal of the financial, family and social tolls these seeds have had on the farmers.

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.

Airport Expansion in North-East India Forcibly Evicts 17 Families

Since independence in 1947, tens of milions of Indians have been displaced in the name of development. They have been forcibly uprooted from their homes, farmlands, fishing areas and forests to make way for dam reservoirs, irrigation projects, mines, plantations, highways, and tourist resorts. Reportedly less than 20% have ever been rehabilitated.

What do the World Cup and Olympics Have to do with Human Rights Violations?

Sometimes, quite a bit. Did you know that in Beijing alone, over 1.25 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes to make way for Olympics-related development in the lead-up to the 2008 Games?

Dams and Human Rights: Using Video to Resist Evictions

It’s International Day of Action Against Dams and, as we kick off our global forced evictions campaign supporting dam-affected communities at risk of eviction in Mexico, this post looks at how video and visual imagery have helped propel campaigns to protect human rights in different dam-resistance struggles around the world.

Today is World Habitat Day

For the month of October, in conjunction with the Housing and Land Rights Day (World Habitat Day) on 04 October and our global campaign, WITNESS will feature advocacy videos used around the world in campaigns against forced evictions in the name of development.