To help mark the 25th anniversary of WITNESS, Peter has written an opinion piece for TIME magazine, where he explores the role that video footage, as a source of timely, accurate and impartial information, plays in the protection of our human rights.
I had a life-changing experience as part of Amnesty International’s Human Rights Now! tour. I was profoundly shocked by my conversations with many victims of human-rights abuses, both by the extent of their suffering but also by how often their horrific experiences were denied and buried.
I believed then what I still believe today — that people armed with cameras can create change. With cameras in our hands, we all can protect and defend human rights.