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*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.

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.

Guest post: College Basketball Powerhouses Come Together for Darfur

Regions: United States

Issues: Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Refugees

Tags: advocacy, american football, darfur, sport, television, video

Haiti Earthquake - video and resources

Regions: Haiti

Issues: Humanitarian, Natural disasters

Tags: earthquake, Haiti, humanitarian disaster, port-au-prince

We're not tracking the Haiti earthquake ourselves, but here are a few links to those who are...

Google unmuzzles itself in China

Regions: China, United States

Issues: Corporations and human rights, Freedom of opinion & expression

Tags: censorship, chilling effects, google, googlecn, internet

Google has received brickbats a-plenty for its stance in China, where, in order to be permitted to operate by the Chinese government, the search company agreed to censor particular "sensitive" search results - Tiananmen, Dalai Lama, democracy, human rights, and so on.

Looking back, looking forward…


It's only a few days into the New Year, and the WITNESS team is already working hard around the world with our local partners, transforming powerful stories of human rights abuses into tools for justice through video. I would like to pause for a moment to take a look back at some of our successes in 2009, especially since many of you helped us get there.

Looking Back at 2 Years of the Hub - Top 10 Most Covered (and Responded to) Issues

Regions: Global

Tags: campaigns, issues, retrospective, videos

December 2009 marks the Hub's official two-year anniversary and we're looking back at the most popular videos, issues, campaigns, and blog posts since our launch. There's a lot to cover - the Hub is now home to 3,000 videos on a range of human rights issues from all around the world. Since 2007, more than 9,700 people have created accounts on the Hub, 177 organizations have created group pages, and Hub content has been viewed more than 8 million times. This list marks the most covered (and responded to) issues on the Hub - see more on our 2-year retrospective posts.