There’s a video that documents children being used as soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those videos really convinced the international criminal court to convict a warlord. And it just became a very powerful addition to a criminal process. Witness is a global human rights organization and we exist to make sure that people can use video to tell their stories and to protect and defend their rights. If you think about, for example, in America, the police videos that are surfacing, that are very often shot by completely accidental bystanders, but what we’ve seen is that that doesn’t necessarily happen. Frequently it’s just an individual person who comes with a video and tries to go to their precinct or to tell a story. We help people bridge the gap so make
sure that your story can be trusted, make sure that the right people actually see it so that it can actually influence a judge or a decision maker, but also make sure even that your video can be found in a sea of videos. There’s a real need to understand how video can help people prove what happened. You have a right to film. And there are lots of tips about that, like
make sure you film details, We’re starting to see a bigger impact of video being used as a tool throughout to influence a lawmaker, or to influence a court, or to get a community to speak out against human rights values being violated. In the long run we do hope that video can
help create a just society.