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.
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The instinct to believe what we see has made video a driving force in news coverage, and a powerful tool for manipulation.
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.
Testimony of men beaten and dragged away in front of their families, along with images of homes burning to the ground, are reminiscent of stories from the Guatemalan genocide thirty years ago.
Videos have helped document the violence and abuse that has characterized a recent series of forced evictions in Cape Town. The raids on informal residential communities are raising serious questions about police conduct and the government’s protection of constitutional rights to housing.
Citizens and professional reporters have been thrown in jail while documenting protests and the police response, raising the question once again: Who IS a reporter anyways?