Sameer Padania's Blog

*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

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.

"War Crimes and The White House" - The 2001 Dasht-e-Leili Massacre

Regions: Afghanistan, United States

Issues: Armed conflict, Torture, War crimes

Tags: Geneva Conventions, humane treatment, Mass Killings, massacre, prisoner of war, Prisoners, taliban, terrorism, US military, war

This explosive video comes hot off the press from Physicians for Human Rights, and accompanies James Risen's story in today's New York Times alleging that the Bush administration "impeded at least three federal investigations into an alleged massacre of as many as 2,000 prisoners in Afghanistan."




HRWIFF 2009 - Festival Round-up [UPDATED with new links]

Regions: Global, United States

Tags: Audience Reaction, film, film festival, hrwiff, human rights, screening

WITNESS has a proud history of participating in, supporting and even awarding prizes at film festivals, but we've never tried to cover a film festival before here on the Hub.  So it was with a little trepidation that we asked the good people over at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York City if they'd let us l

Xinjiang: Protests continue into third day

Regions: China

Issues: Discrimination

Tags: Protest, Uighur, urumqi, uyghur, xinjiang

Xinhua is reporting that more than 150 people have died in the clashes in Urumqi since 5th July, and more than 1,000 have been injured. 

Multimedia Reporting - Behind the scenes at a MediaStorm workshop

Tags: brian storm, journalism, mediastorm, multimedia reporting, training

As part of our work at WITNESS we conduct trainings preparing advocates to be able to shoot, edit and distribute video for effective human rights advocacy (watch some participant interviews).  We've also created a set of short videos that take you through the basics of creating video for human rights advocacy.  Though this training doesn't yet formally in

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Regions: Brazil, Great Britain, United States

Issues: Police brutality, Violence

Tags: accountability, documentation, evidence, human rights, john keane, monitory democracy, police brutality, policing, Protest, video

Here's a Guardian video (and news story) from a couple of weeks ago which offers some useful insights for those working to document and expose police brutality and misconduct worldwide, and to those within police forces charged with investigating such misconduct and developing policies for transparency and accountability.