Witness is an NGO who, for 20 years, has been helping citizen journalists use amateur video to document human rights abuse.  

They say... "by bringing often unseen images and seldom heard stories to the attention of key decision makers, the media, and the public-WITNESS catalyzes grassroots activism, political engagement, and lasting change.  We bridge the worlds of human rights, media and technology by incorporating cutting-edge innovations into traditional approaches to advocacy.

They have started a Human Rights Channel on YouTube and have a regular blog which (for keen older students or teachers) is worth subscribing to.  It highlights the discrepancy between what is covered by mainstream media and what is happening on the ground.  There are many brave individuals fighting for causes they believe in, which most of us never hear about.

And as a salute to some of 2013's human rights activists - below is a link to 2013 in review - filmed by citizen journalists, and curated by Witness.  

Contains graphic content suitable - viewer discretion advised.

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