WITNESS Remembers Nelson Mandela’s Legacy on Human Rights Day
A video message from our executive director Yvette Alberdingk Thijm on Human Rights Day 2013
December 10, 2013
New Video Series for How To Conduct Interviews with Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
A new video series includes first-hand experience from trainees, experts, leading activists and survivors of GBV expanding on considerations for filming, creating appropriate questions, safety & security, interviewing techniques and the effects of trauma on survivors.
November 25, 2013
Media Advisory: Peter Gabriel and Isha Sesay Host 2013 Focus For Change Benefit for WITNESS
WITNESS' annual benefit takes place Thursday December 5, 2013. Interested members of the press need to RSVP to cover the event. Details in the advisory.
November 10, 2013
Protecting the Rights of Older People on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
The day of action provides an opportunity for everyone to use video, social media and conversation to address the silent crisis of elder abuse.
June 15, 2013
In Focus: Iran’s 2013 Presidential Election
Despite technical challenges and government surveillance, Iranians are determined to share with the world videos expressing dissent and frustration during the presidential election cycle.
June 14, 2013
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.
December 10, 2012
President Obama Travels To Burma and Southeast Asia Amid Rising Tensions
President Obama leaves tomorrow to make a historic visit to Southeast Asia, specifically to Burma (also known as Myanmar), where he will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country. However, escalating violence in western Burma, where ethnic minorities have been attacked, displaced, and persecuted by civilians and state forces, undermines recent democratic progress in the country.
November 15, 2012
Citizen Media + Video In Pakistan: A Conversation with Blogger Faisal Kapadia
In July I had the pleasure of attending my second Global Voices Citizen Media Summit, this time in Nairobi, Kenya. The Summit is "a meeting of bloggers, activists, and technologists for public discussions and workshops about the rise of online citizen media movements worldwide."
October 23, 2012
Blog Action Day: The Power of We at WITNESS
We're an organization based on the concept of partnership. In fact, last Thursday we held our annual gala fundraiser in New York City and its theme was "Co-Lab: Celebrating 20 Years of Collaborative Activism."
October 15, 2012
Observing Labor Rights as Human Rights
Yesterday the United States and Canada celebrated Labor Day. It is meant to be a day set aside to honor the contributions workers in both countries make to their economies and societies. In the United States, it was President Grover Cleveland who designated the first Monday in September as Labor Day in part to distance the federal holiday from the more "radical" overtones of May Day - which is still observed in many parts of the world as the day to honor laborers.
September 4, 2012
Happy Father’s Day: How to Be a Human Rights Tech Dad
We asked some tech-savvy dads we know to share with us some websites, applications, and tools that they've found useful in day-to-day life but that can also be used in a human rights context.
June 17, 2012
Mother’s Day Reflections on Human Rights from WITNESS Moms
The second Sunday in May is celebrated as Mother's Day here in the United States (and in other countries). With that in mind, I asked my colleagues who are also mothers at WITNESS if they'd be willing to share some thoughts on what human rights issues hit closest to home for them.
May 13, 2012
Osama Bin Laden is Dead but the “War on Terror” Lives On
This week marked the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. President Obama marked the event by making an unannounced trip to Afghanistan to sign a treaty with President Karzai establishing post-war relationship.
May 3, 2012
A Small Step for Democracy in Burma but More Attention Needed For Ethnic Minorities
Burma held parliamentary by-elections for a portion of the entire parliament body yesterday. By most accounts, the polling went relatively smoothly with some incidents of irregularities being reported.
April 2, 2012
Lubanga Verdict Brings Justice To Child Soldiers in DRC – Tomorrow The Work Continues
Bukeni Waruzi, Program Manager for Africa and the Middle East at WITNESS, and a long-time advocate for children's rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reacted with relief and hope to the guilty verdict of former rebel leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo announced at the International Criminal Court (ICC) earlier today.
March 14, 2012