I realise it’s been a few days since I’ve blogged about anything. I’ve been really busy with other homework and coursework.
As reported by the BBC, the Internet has found a use in the fight against human rights abuse. People have been uploading videos (recorded on mobiles or whatever) of abuses like police brutality onto the Internet to expose the human rights abusers.
With this goal in mind, international human rights organisation Witness run a website where people can upload footage of human rights violations.
Of course, there are always two sides to the coin. Independant film maker Rebecca Sommer notes that “Human rights abusers are using the same tools to put propaganda videos on sites like YouTube.”
On the whole, though, it seems that the Internet will prove a valuable aid to human rights organisations. Two police officers were recently jailed on the charge of torture following an incident where they beat up and sexually assaulted a bus driver. They filmed this footage themselves and distributed it within Egypt to intimidate dissenters. The video was put online by bloggers, and has been viewed on YouTube more than 112,000 times. The officers were convicted of torture and have been sentenced to three years imprisonment.