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Video as Evidence Field Guide
Who’s it for?
The Guide’s primary audience is people working in the field who are or will potentially film human rights abuses. These may be citizen journalists, activists, community reporters, and human rights investigators. If you are already filming abuses, the Guide can help enhance the evidentiary value of your videos. And if you are already investigating human rights abuses by traditional means, this Guide can help to strategically incorporate video into your human rights investigation so that it enhances your evidence collection.
- The Law: Basic legal principles and processes.
- Basic Practices: Tips for capturing video with enhanced evidentiary value.
- Filming for Evidence: Guidance on filming, organizing and managing your videos for evidentiary purposes.
- Sharing and Using Eyewitness Video in Human Rights Reporting and Advocacy: Techniques for verifying video content and guidelines for using ethically using eyewitness video.
Helping eyewitnesses and activists safely, ethically and effectively use video to document abuses and support the process of bringing perpetrators to justice and freeing the wrongly accused. (Preview | Download English, Arabic, French, Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian)
How a Collection Plan can help investigators and lawyers communicate their needs to frontline activists so the footage activists collect can better content to support a legal case. (Preview | Download English, Arabic, French, Ukranian, Russian)
Guidance on safely and effectively gathering video documentation at the scene of an alleged human rights violation, including developing a filming plan, capturing details and various angles, filling out a camera report and more.
(Preview | Download English, Arabic, French, Ukrainian, Russian. Watch the accompanying video here.)
Capturing linkage and notice evidence can incredibly important for long-term justice and accountability. Learn how to document “Who” committed the crime and “How” they did it, in addition to documenting the crime itself. (Preview | Download English, Spanish, French, Ukrainian, Russian)
Ethical considerations for journalists, activists, archivists and others who utilize eyewitness footage in investigations, reports and human rights documentation. (Preview | Download English, Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian)
This Field Note explains how Prosecution at the International Criminal Court (ICC) used video to prove war crimes committed by Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, who was charged with destroying religious and historic buildings in Timbuktu, Mali.
To help combat impunity for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) this guide will look at how documenters and advocates can capture high-quality and actionable video used to document the elements of SGBV crimes.
This guide will support community-based documenters collect visual evidence of environmental human rights crimes and violations so that it can be effectively used in advocacy and accountability processes.
Mini Guide: Adding Essential Information to Video
This mini guide provides quick tips on how to capture key details through visuals and narration. Documenting this information will make your video easier to verify and strengthen the chances it could be used as evidence. Consider printing this out as a two-sided reference card and bringing it along when filming. (Preview | Download)
Mini Guide: Basic Practices — Getting Ready to Film
These four mini guides provides quick tips for filming, sharing and preserving human rights video for evidentiary purposes. Print these out and take them with you for easy access to key points. (Preview | Download English, French, Spanish, Portuguese)
Mini Guide: Collection Planning for Video Evidence
Developing a Collection Plan can help investigators and lawyers communicate their needs to frontline activists so the footage activists collect can better support a legal case. This mini guide provides activists, investigators and lawyers with quick tips on creating one. (Preview | Download English, Spanish)