New Digital Methods for Documenting Human Rights Violations in Closed Societies


24.04.2018, 19:00 Uhr

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
Zossener Str. 55-58 (Staircase A, front house, 4th Floor), 10961 Berlin

On 24 April 2018, the Syrian Archive will launch the Chemical Weapons Database. This is the first publicly available database of open source content documenting chemical weapon attacks in Syria between 2012-2018. The database contains 201 attacks and over 2000 verified videos, tweets, and Facebook posts that can be viewed, analysed and downloaded.

The Syrian Archive is not alone in its attempt to document human rights violations through visual investigation and social media sources. Many legal entities, NGOs, civil society groups and journalists grapple with finding, preserving and verifying this publicly available information  before the content is removed or lost. Join us and a number of others working in these fields for a panel discussion, "New Digital Methods for Documenting Human Rights Violations in Closed Societies" on 24 April 2018 at 19:00-20:30.

Panelists include a Syrian civil society activist and witness to a chemical attack, Eliot Higgins (Bellingcat), Kelly Matheson (WITNESS), Hadi Al Khatib (Syrian Archive), Sam Dubberley (Amnesty International) and Patrick Kroker (ECCHR).

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