Human Rights Channel Launched on YouTube

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YouTube has launched a Human Rights Channel with partner, Witness, a non-profit human rights organisation, and Storyful, a video playlist creator. This channel will contain human rights-related stories uploaded by users.

According to YouTube’s announcement, Witness will be responsible for ensuring that all the content on the channel is balanced and has adequate context while Storyful will source and verify all the content.

In a blog post YouTube said, “In the case of human rights, video plays a particularly important role in illuminating what occurs when governments and individuals in power abuse their positions.” This was possibly referring to the Arab Spring.

The Arab Spring was a revolutionary wave of protests and demonstrations that occurred throughout the Arab world from 2010 onwards. Possibly the most well-known of all of these protests was the Egyptian revolution, during which 100, 000 videos were uploaded to YouTube – a 70% increase over the previous three months. This is just one example. Footage of protests from all over the world has made it to YouTube.

YouTube says that besides footage like that captured at protests, the channel will also highlight topics such as police brutality, discrimination, elder abuse, gender-based violence, issues of socio-economic justice, access to resources and bullying. Not only will footage be curated from users, but also from non-profit organisations involved in human rights.

So what will be the first thing you see on the channel? The channel is being launched with stories from the U.N. observers in Syria, an anti-government hunger strike in Bahrain, land rights clashes in Cambodia and Occupy Wall Street.

YouTube hopes that by offering the channel and making access to it available via the Google+ platform, the discussion of human rights will be sparked.

For anyone interested in sharing their videos that fit the bill, they can send the video for review to witness@storyful.com , including information about the story the video entails.

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