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.

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.

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.

Citizen Videos Capturing Police Violence at Protests in Brazil Used as Evidence

Citizen video has become a critical resource in the struggle to ensure rights and in cases to prosecute police violence in Brazilian cities.

Ignored by Brazilian Government, Activists Take Police Violence to Inter-American Commission

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hosts a public hearing on police violence used by Brazilian authorities during popular protests ongoing in the country since June 2013.

Using a Film to Nail a Dictator

Efrain Ríos Montt is going to trial. The brutal Guatemalan dictator is the first head of state to be prosecuted for genocide in genuine proceedings in his own country. And my video evidence helped send him there.

By Guest Blogger Pamela Yates

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.

The ICC Renders Its First Sentence: Is Justice Served for Congolese Child Soldiers?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rendered it’s first ever sentence in the case of Mr. Thomas Lubanga, a Congolese warlord and leader of UPC (Union Patriotique Congolais). Lubanga was convicted, as co-perpetrator, on three counts of war crimes including enlisting and conscripting of children under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities in the Ituri region, in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between September 2002 and June 2003.