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.

Video Advocacy Example: Police Violence in Puerto Rico

This video and the wider investigations and campaign by the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) demonstrate how the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) has been systematically abusing the rights of Puerto Ricans – an issue very much in the U.S.’ backyard, and one that has not received as much attention as it should.


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