With protests ongoing in Brazil and Turkey, new reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, imminent elections across Africa, we’re tracking new citizen video emerging on these and dozens of other stories on the Human Rights Channel.

Get updates about the most recent additions to our playlists and let us know about videos you think we should feature by following @ythumanrights on Twitter.

Here are recent highlights from our June Citizen Watch playlist:

While difficult to say with certainty where and when it was taken, the following video appears to be from a police interrogation in Bahrain. It has received significant attention in the country, putting the spotlight on the issue of torture by authorities. (This analysis of the video by a Bahraini human rights organization includes insight from a member of Physicians for Human Rights.)

New video has emerged from Syria showing what activists allege to be the treatment of victims of a chemical weapon attack in the Damascus suburb of Zamalka. The Syrian National Council stated that chemical weapons were used against rebel fighters there on June 23, killing four.

Our in-depth playlist on Brazil’s massive street protests takes a look at the roots of discontent. It includes several videos produced by Brazilian activists and even filmmakers explaining their reasons for protesting– in both English and Portuguese – a clear indicator that Brazilians are looking beyond their borders to leverage solidarity and media attention towards change at home.

Also on the Citizen Watch playlist:

  • Guinea gears up for national elections scheduled for this Sunday June 30, but opposition leaders have led regular protests calling the elections unfair, and those have turned increasingly violent, as seen in this citizen video.
  • A raid last weekend of the offices of a prominent Russian human rights organization was documented by citizen reporters in these two videos taken before and after the raid.

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