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.

Personal Reflection on Human Rights Values and the Anti-Muslim Video

I’d like to share my views on the recent events as a human rights advocate who has used/is using video for human rights change – particularly recently in North Africa and the Middle East; as an African; and as a Christian.

What Do You Want to Learn from Video Activists in the Middle East and North Africa?

For most of us, the epicenter of video for change work that we’ve seen throughout 2011 has been in the Middle East and North African region (MENA). The Arab Spring has illuminated the reality of what “Cameras Everywhere” looks like, and what the power of instant video capturing and sharing can yield to inform and mobilize for truly incredible social change.

Execution Footage Found in Libya Offers Glimpse of Gaddafi’s Abuses; Could Be Used for Justice

Children cheering from the sidelines, thousands pour into the sports stadium as excitement fills the air. A student sits at the center of the court as throngs of people and chants shake the arena. This is not you’re average sports event, the crowd not your average sports fans and the man sitting in the center is not their most valuable player; instead this is one of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s infamous public executions.

Weekly Video-For-Change Digest: July 22, 2011

We’re launching a couple of new series this week on the blog. (If you missed the first in our Video Advocacy Example series, you can read it here.)

Watch: Cameras Everywhere – Presentation at Re:Publica 2011

A couple of weeks ago I presented at Re:Publica, the largest social media conference in Germany. Since the conference gives a generous 50 minutes to its speakers I had the opportunity not only to talk about WITNESS and our work in general (first 10 minutes or so), but also to explain in some depth the video advocacy challenges and opportunities surfaced by events in the Middle East and North Africa as well as some of the emerging questions in our Cameras Everywhere initiative. Namely, how do human rights values and practicalities intersect in the new ubiquitous video moment?

The #Video4Change Community Honors Mohammed Nabbous

As many of you are aware, Mohammed Nabbous, or Mo, as he was known to many of those following his video stream and commentary on social media about events in Libya, was killed by sniper fire in Benghazi on Saturday, March 19th. If you’re not yet familiar with Mohammed’s work, I encourage you to read these remembrances of him on Global Voices Online and The Washington Post’s BlogPost.