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New video series “eyeWitness in Action” highlights human rights documentation efforts

eyeWitness to Atrocities will soon be launching a new video series highlighting the inspiring documentation work carried out by some of the human rights defenders using the eyeWitness to Atrocities app. Titled “eyeWitness in Action”, the series will give viewers insight into not only how and why the eyeWitness app is used, but also the courage and determination of eyeWitness’ partners to capture the truth about human rights abuses.

A man, Hassan John, is using his camera to photograph a civilian home in a Nigerian village that has been burned to the ground. He is surrounded by the villagers who have been affected.

eyeWitness partner, Hassan John, documenting an attack on a village in Nigeria. © Hassan John

The first in the series will be a video spotlighting Hassan John, a Nigerian journalist and Anglican priest who uses the eyeWitness app to document attacks on villages and civilians across Nigeria.

“For many of our partners, advocacy is an important part of obtaining justice and change. This new series is a way of giving those partners a chance to share their stories and to shed light on the events they have witnessed,” said eyeWitness Director, Wendy Betts.

However, Betts also emphasised that not all of eyeWitness’ partners will be participating in the series. “Most of our partners are documenting in high-risk areas and are anonymous for security reasons. In some cases, even mentioning that the app is being used in a particular area could compromise security, so we are very strict with what information we do and do not release.”

Hassan John's episode will be released on International Justice Day (July 17, 2021).