When WITNESS was founded in the early 1990s, we distributed cameras to activists around the world so they could direct their lenses–and international attention–on injustice in their communities. Our objective, like that of many human rights activists and organizations worldwide, was–and still is–to make an
The policies, practices, and technology that allow videos by average citizens to expose abuse and serve as a tool for justice are constantly evolving, and our strategies must keep up.
Over the past year, WITNESS’ Human Rights Channel curated over 800 citizen videos documenting human rights. Today we release our 2014 Year in Review.
The chain link fence separating Morocco from the Spanish-controlled city of Melilla has come to symbolize fears and concerns about international migration and migrant rights within the European Union.
One video’s journey across Latin American protest movements underscores the challenge of monitoring and verifying activism online.
While videos recent violence were the most dramatic we’ve seen from the Euromaidan protests, they are only the latest to document clashes in Kiev. In late January, several videos emerged exposing excess use of force by authorities.
In the two and a half years Syria has been engulfed in war, numerous voices have tried to compel the world to take notice and take action. But the message that caught the world’s attention came not from any political leader or organization. It came by way of YouTube.