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WITNESS uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.

WITNESS envisions a just, equitable world in which all individuals and communities are able to defend and uphold their human rights.

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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Video Activists: 6 Great Digital Cameras on a Budget

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 2:07 PM


This post was written by intern Anne Ginsberg


When it comes to shooting video for human rights documentation or advocacy, you...

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Can Drones Be Used for Social Good?

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 8:54 AM

By Sarah Kerr, Program Assistant at WITNESS

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word "drone?" A predator drone? American foreign policy? Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and the other secret drone strikes unlawfully taking place all over the world? While these concerns are absolutely pressing,...

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FIFA Never Thought They'd Have to Go on a PR Tour of Brazil to Sell... Soccer (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 2:26 PM

By Priscila Neri, Senior Program Manager at WITNESS

I never thought I'd use the word riveting to describe a three-hour YouTube video, especially a recorded livestream of a panel on the questionable nature of many of FIFA's dealings in World Cup host countries.  Too

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How to Explain Forced Evictions in 2 Minutes (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 4:49 PM

This post was written by Ryan Schlief

Monday was World Habitat Day. It's a day set aside to advocate for universal adequate housing. We know that not everyone has adequate housing. But did you know that millions of people are at risk of being forcibly removed from their homes every...

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Why Archiving Your Video Is More Important Than You Think

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 2:51 PM

By Yvonne Ng, WITNESS Archivist

A Syrian group has over 160,000 videos of human rights abuses, collected over more than two years. The group wants to ensure that these videos can be used in the future to prosecute crimes and build a better political situation. But how do they...
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Why 2012 Was Big for Human Rights Video... and Why 2013 Will Be Bigger

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 6:46 PM

By Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, executive director of WITNESS.

A changing world needs a changed vision: supporting the millions who can transform the human rights landscape with video.

The year 2012 was a big year for WITNESS. Who knew that the year of our 20th anniversary would be such...

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Syrians Face Huge Risks While Documenting Human Rights Abuse and Testimonies (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 11:12 AM

This post was written by Matisse Bustos Hawkes, Communications Manager at WITNESS

Since international media have been barred from entering Syria since mid 2011, news reports have relied heavily on activists in country who daily risk their own safety to film and share video and speak with reporters. Activists in...

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Filming Safely and Effectively at Occupy Wall Street and Beyond

(3) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 3:39 PM

Last week's ouster of protesters at New York's Zuccotti Park, and incidents throughout the day of action for the Occupy Wall Street movement on Thursday November 17th show, perhaps more than ever, that it is important for activists wielding cameras to know how to record footage safely, effectively and with...

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Human Rights Video Now: Opportunities and Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 1:29 PM

This post was written by Sam Gregory, Program Director of WITNESS

The visual symbols from the momentous change taking place across the Middle East and North Africa etched in our collective consciousness may very well be images of protestors who waved cell phones, recording events as they unfolded,...

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How WITNESS Is Making Video Safer for Activists to Use (Video)

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 11:01 AM

This post was written by Yvette Alberdingk-Thijm, executive director of WITNESS.

If there are no cameras, the police can make us disappear. They [the government] are scared of cameras. - Egyptian cab driver interviewed by blogger Hossam el-Hamalawy, October 2010

Over the past few weeks,...

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Celebrate the Right to Be Human (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 10:37 AM

This post was written by WITNESS executive director Yvette Alberdingk Thijm.

Soriya's Story

Every year, December 10th marks Human Rights Day. In honor of this day I'd like to share a couple of stories with you. Last winter, I spent a week in Cambodia with our partner organization...

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What Video Can Do to End Violence Against Women

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 7:07 PM

This post was written by WITNESS executive director Yvette Alberdingk Thijm.

On November 25, 1960, three sisters in the Dominican Republic were brutally assassinated on orders of the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujilo. Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa Mirabal were courageous human rights activists who spoke out...

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150 Million Women to Wield Mobile Phones as Tools for Change

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 6:17 PM

This post was written by WITNESS executive director Yvette Alberdingk Thijm.

Two weeks ago, I participated in a panel organized by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Office of Global Women's Issues called "Mobile Technologies as an Effective Tool for Women's Empowerment and Global Development."...

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