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HU OSA 392
Fonds 392: Video recordings of WITNESS

Date(s) 1996-2004

Extent and medium

Estimated total:
6 Archival boxes
234 DVD-ROMs
Currently processed:
242 DVD-ROM, 2 linear meters

Name of creator(s) WITNESS and its partners

Archival history

In 2005, WITNESS (New York) has deposited a selection of 234 DVDs, approximately 200 hours of documentary and raw footage recordings in OSA Archivum to be available for academic and research purposes within the institution. Witness uses video and online technologies to disclose human rights violations around the world (www.witness.org).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer WITNESS, New York

Scope and content

WITNESS was founded in 1992 by musician and activist Peter Gabriel and the Reebok Human Rights Foundation as a project of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). WITNESS uses video and online technologies to disclose human rights violations around the world.

This collection contains video recordings of WITNESS partners as well as 52 documentary films produced by WITNESS. The WITNESS Partners collection contains footage from various partners and partner organizations such as Jimmy Briggs, The Association for the Defense of Human Rights in Congo, Institute of Human Rights and Development in Africa, The Revolutionary Association of the Women in Afghanistan, Arab Association for Human Rights, and various others. The collection includes raw footage of refugee camps, mass graves, exhumation procedures, media briefings, interviews, etc. The WITNESS documentary collection consists of documentary, training and promotional films uncovering human rights violations and promoting worldwide protection of human rights.

Accruals Not expected

System of arrangement

Conditions governing access Open to researchers

Conditions governing reproduction Copyright held by producers

Language/scripts of material

Acoli, Albanian, Arabic, Dholuo, English, French, Fulah, Karen, S'gaw, Krio, Manipuri, Numana-Nunku-Gbantu-Numbu, Persian, Serbian, Spanish, Tagalog, Wolof

Physical characteristics and technical requirements DVD ROMs

Finding aids

Existence and location of originals

Related units of description


Keywords: Africa
Sierra Leone
Middle East
former Yugoslavia
human rights
refugee camps
ethnic cleansing
child soldiers
mass garves

Date(s) of descriptions

System of arrangement and preliminary processing by Zsuzsa Zádori 2005; processed and described by Anna Kövecsi, April 2008.
Online version updated 23 April 2013
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