ACLU App Encourages Citizen Witnesses to Document Police Encounters

Morgan Hargrave reviews the ACLU’s Mobile Justice, a new app that allows users to document interactions with police and upload video and reports to ACLU servers.

Video as Evidence Case Study: Filming Long After A Crime in Croatia

We look at a case study where video was used in criminal proceedings against a Serbo-Croatian politician at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

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.

The WITNESS Blog: A Look Back at 2014 and Look Ahead to 2015

In 2014 we contextualized dozens of citizen videos on human rights; shared resources for using video for change, archiving video and interviewing survivors of sexual violence; interviewed filmmakers, activists and journalists; advocated for better use of technology to aid those using video for change; celebrated stories of courage, and much more.

Video Evidence from Sri Lanka’s No Fire Zones Spurs UN Investigation

Filmmaker Callum Macrae discusses his documentary looking into and calling for a UN investigation of human rights abuses committed toward the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war.

Video as Evidence: Adding Detailed Information to Your Video

Adding information about who, what, when, where to your video makes it easier to verify the content, therefore giving it a better chance to secure justice for human rights abuse.

Secure Tools for Activists: When to Make Designs and When to Make Demands

What tech tools should human rights defenders use when balancing efficacy and safety – open source secure tools or insecure mainstream platforms? Morgan Hargrave unpacks the pros and cons of each and discusses the WITNESS strategy.

The Ties That Bind Us In the Fight to Expose Human Rights Abuse

In her monthly message, WITNESS’ executive director looks back on human rights stories from October and reflects on how our work resonates as more and more of us fight to expose human rights abuses.

Video as Evidence: Filming The Aftermath of a Human Rights Incident

Film the aftermath of a human rights incident can be vitally important to investigations. This is the second installment in the “Video as Evidence” blog series from WITNESS.

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.

Images of Horror: Whose Roles and What Responsibilities?

Recent examples of graphic images circulating online point to critical questions for commercial social media platforms, news outlets and citizens.

WITNESS Resources For Filming Human Rights Situations in Gaza and Israel

These resources, available in English and Arabic, aim to help citizen witnesses capture and share footage of human rights abuses and preserve their footage for use at a later date.