As part of our ongoing campaign around the Right to Record, our global team hosted a conversation about how this right is practiced around the world, and how it impacts people using their cameras to defend human rights. Watch on Facebook to and join
Right to Record
Following the police killings of Michael Brown Jr. and Eric Garner in 2014, many people advocated for the widespread adoption of police body cameras as a solution to ending systemic police abuse and increasing transparency. Yet, they haven’t been effective. Now, more than five years later, we look back at our initial predictions, take stock in what we’ve learned and offer recommendations for moving forward.
Wiretapping laws were intended to protect people’s privacy in the United States, but in some cases they’ve been used to challenge the right to record the police.
By Meghana Bahar In early August 2018, a wave of mass protests seized the city of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Sparked by the deaths of two young school children by a speeding bus, students, mostly attending high school or university, thronged the streets demanding that
WITNESS, Immigrant Defense Project (IDP), and New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) created this resource to inform people that they have the right to film and document Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting and arresting immigrants outside of courthouses.
When WITNESS talks about the “Right to Record,” we are referring to the right to take out a camera or cell phone and film the military and law enforcement without fear of arrest, violence, or other retaliation.  Although the Right to Record is foundational
The project is a collaboration with El Grito de Sunset Park that looks at how eyewitness video can be collected, curated, analyzed and used to expose systemic police violence.
Read the original post En Espanol. Institutional violence is considered to be human rights violations initiated or endorsed by the government. Institutional violence ranges from excessive use of force against the public to abuse of power such as torture, forced disappearances or extrajudicial executions.
A new tipsheet prepares you to act as an eyewitness to police violence. Good witnessing can de-escalate a situation, help someone confronted by police, and provide valuable documentation for advocacy and justice.