February, 2010

Update: Technical Issues on the Hub

Regions: Global

Tags: Hub, technical update, WITNESS

Three weeks ago my colleague Sameer posted an update regarding some technical problems we've been having on the Hub.

We've been working to address those issues and as a result have been working to move the Hub to new servers.  We've also been looking at new technical solutions for hosting and encoding videos.


Kenya: Endorois win Major Victory for Indigenous Rights

Regions: Africa, Kenya

Issues: Indigenous peoples, Internally displaced persons

Tags: African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, government, indigenous peoples, kenya, mass eviction

On this page, you'll find the blog posts and videos that tell the story of this precedent-setting ruling in Africa. Join us in celebrating this historic moment!


A Long Walk to Victory for the Endorois

Regions: Africa, Kenya

Issues: Indigenous peoples, Internally displaced persons

Tags: African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, African Union, Endorois, indigenous peoples, kenya, Law

We all share the desire to create a just world. At WITNESS, we share your passion to right the wrongs and to support those fighting for their rights. However, as our campaigns are aimed at creating systemic change, human rights impact can require patience, persistence, and a long view of a better world.


Endorois Victory: 'As an African, this is a landmark moment...'

Regions: Africa, Kenya

Issues: Internally displaced persons

Tags: African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, African Union, Endorois, Forced Eviction, kenya, Kenyan government, Law


In 1973, more than 20,000 people from the Endorois, an indigenous pastoralist community in Kenya were evicted from their lands by the Kenyan government to make way for a game reserve and tourist resort. For years, the Endorois community tried to fight the government’s decision, without success. Turned away by the courts in Kenya, the Endorois took their case in 2003 to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).


*Service update to the Hub Community*

Regions: Global

Tags: Hub, technical update, WITNESS

Over the past few weeks, we've become aware of a problem on our servers that affects uploading and viewing some videos on the Hub.  We want to take this opportunity to apologize to our community of users for any inconvenience this may cause you.

We can assure those of our users this has affected that we are working to resolve this issue and we will give you another update on this at the end of February.  We also want to assure you that all video and other content contributed to the Hub is safe.


Report from Copenhagen: WITNESS partner advocates for waste recyclers

Regions: India

Issues: Environment, Labor, Sanitation

Kenya: Landmark Ruling on Indigenous Land Rights [UPDATED]

Regions: Kenya

Issues: Indigenous peoples, Minorities

Tags: achpr, Endorois, rightful place

In a landmark ruling on February 4th, the African Union has condemned the expulsion of the Endorois


Guest post: ENOUGH, YouTube, and Propelling Sudan to Center Stage

Regions: Sudan, United States

Issues: Armed conflict, Crimes against humanity, Genocide

Tags: Barack Obama, darfur, enough project, sudan, video

Co-authored by Zack Brisson & Laura Heaton

Four years ago, asking the President of the United States a meaningful question would have required serious power, uncommon access, or a lot of luck combined with being in the right place at the right time. Not anymore.


WITNESS in Cambodia

Regions: Asia, Cambodia, South-East Asia

Issues: Corruption, Housing, Internally displaced persons

Tags: abuse of power, development induced displacement, Forced Eviction, government, justice, video evidence


In early January, during our holiday break, Chris Michael, Program Coordinator at WITNESS, and I visited WITNESS’ partner LICADHO, the Cambodian League for the Promotion & Defense of Human Rights, in Phnom Penh.