About the Collection

The WITNESS Media Archive’s mission is to collect, document, preserve and provide access to audiovisual human rights media in the support of advocacy, prosecution of justice, truth telling, and the historical record. We believe that archives serve a critical role in human rights advocacy, by protecting and preserving evidence, restoring memory, ensuring the endurance of under-represented voices, and as a bulwark against impunity and forgetting.

The video collection comprises over 4,000 hours of video from human rights defenders and NGOs around the world with whom we have partnered. Footage includes witness and victim testimonies, abuses caught on tape, interviews with human rights defenders, evidentiary submissions, hidden camera investigations, and more; and covers a broad range of issues, such as forced displacement in Burma, genocide in Guatemala, violence against women in Zimbabwe, and torture and disappearances in Chechnya.

WITNESS Media Archive by the numbers

  • Number of Video Titles: 5000+
  • Number of items: 12,000+
  • Formats: Hi-8, miniDV, DVCam, BetaSP, DigiBeta, VHS, CD, DVD, DAT, Video-8, DV, HDV, AVCHD, H.264, and more.
  • Standards: 70% NTSC, 30% PAL
  • Raw footage: 80%
  • WITNESS Productions: 14%
  • Other: 6%


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