Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Project Witness: See It, Film It, Change It

(Courtesy of Steve Stone, Global Voices, and Metafilter)

Mission Statement:
"WITNESS uses the power of video to open the eyes of the world to human rights abuses. By partnering with local organizations around the globe, WITNESS empowers human rights defenders to use video to shine a light on those most affected by human rights violations, and to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools of justice. Over the past decade, WITNESS has partnered with groups in more than 60 countries, bringing often unseen images, untold stories and seldom heard voices to the attention of key decision makers, the media, and the general public -- catalyzing grassroots activism, political engagement, and lasting change."

Watch and comment on human rights video from around the world curated by WITNESS. This pilot project contains only a subset of the functionality of the forthcoming Human Rights Video Hub.

Other WITNESS films available online:

Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the 'War on Terror'

Rights on the Line
Vigilantes at the Border

The Day After Dialla

Between Two Fires
Torture and Displacement in Northern Uganda

Season of Fear
Internally Displaced People in Burma Call for International Action

Witness to Truth
A Video Report and Recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone

Last, but not least (and there is so much more at the website):

Video in Action: WITNESS Case Studies
WITNESS and its partners have collaborated on numerous advocacy campaigns, many of which have produced notable victories. These achievements, often the end result of years of unrelenting advocacy, demonstrate the ways in which significant progress can be made by exposing injustices to the right audiences. The following case studies outline the diversity of issues and regions where WITNESS partner videos have made a difference.

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