Even as technology empowers anyone with a smartphone to be an international broadcaster, the world’s most vulnerable populations remain voiceless. Most of the remote places where human rights crises unfold are subject to censorship and communications blackouts, unreachable by traditional media. Videre gives local activists equipment, training, and support to safely capture footage of human rights violations, and distributes this evidence strategically to influence media, political leaders, and courts. Its human rights defenders have exposed political intimidation, corruption, and violence. Perpetrators have been exposed and brought to trial, defenders of human rights operate more securely, and leaders who once incited violence have come to warn against it.
Human rights violations, including political intimidation, occur unremarked in remote and impoverished communities.
Videre trains and supports defenders in safe and effective use of technology to gather evidence.
Oren Yakobovich’s mission is to bring violations to light and perpetrators to justice.
Videre releases evidence strategically to facilitate justice and deter future abuse.
Human rights abuses can no longer be carried out with impunity; potential abusers are deterred by the knowledge that their actions may be documented and made known to the world.
Growth and Awareness
Increases in both the number of trained evidence gatherers and the number of potential intimidators and rights violators aware of and deterred by the risk of exposure.
Serving in the Israeli military, Oren Yakobovich came in close contact with the experience of the Palestinian people and found that as his understanding changed, he could no longer carry out his assigned duties. Driven to raise awareness about the inequalities that he saw in the world, he has been working at the intersection of human rights and filmmaking for 20 years. Leading the video department at the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, he developed ‘Shooting Back,’ a video project that has trained hundreds of citizens in the West Bank to use cameras to fight for justice. The project won several awards, including the BBC’s One World Media award and the International Media Award’s Cutting Edge Prize. Oren’s work has been screened at Berlin and Sundance among other festivals. He co-founded Videre in 2008 to train and support networks of human rights defenders in the art and technology of documenting abuses and effectively sharing evidence with strategically selected decision makers and communicators. His expertise in the use of technology to expose human rights violations results in frequent requests to brief civil society, government, international organization, and media decision-makers.