How can video documentation of injustices, such as cell phone videos, be used as evidence in court and other forums for human rights advocacy? Learn from examples in Syria and other locations across the globe where video has been used to secure prosecutions of the guilty or exonerations of the innocent.
Kelly Matheson is Senior Attorney and Program Manager for WITNESS, an international human rights organization that specializes in using video to support change in human rights practice, policy and law. Matheson is an attorney, filmmaker and human rights activist. She also is a 1999 alumna of the University of Oregon School of Law.
Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, Cinema Pacific, and the Good Works Film Festival.
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The Internet has provided a medium of expression that can, in the hands of courageous individuals, counter the power of repressive regimes. Forbidden Voices accompanies three brave young cyberfeminists as they risk their lives to challenge their governments. Eyewitness reports and clandestine footage show Yoani Sánchez's brutal beating by Cuban police for criticizing her country's regime on her blog, Generación Y; Chinese human rights activist Jinyan under house arrest for four years; and Iranian journalist and women's advocate Farnaz Seifi forced into exile, where she blogs under a pseudonym. Tracing each woman's use of social media to denounce and combat violations of human rights and free speech in her home country, Forbidden Voices attests to the Internet's potential for building international awareness and political pressure.
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Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.
Part of the Cinema Pacific Film Festival.
Featuring Dara Strolovitch. Strolovitch is an associate professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. Her research explores the politics of marginalization, interest groups and social movements. She is the author of the award-winning book Affirmative Advocacy: Race, Class, and Gender in Interest Group Politics (2007).
Featuring Fredrik Logevall, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the Vietnam War and an alumnus of the University of Oregon. He is John S. Knight Professor of International Studies at Cornell University, where he also serves as vice provost for international affairs and director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. Logevall’s most recent book Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History. Cosponsored by the Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace, Oregon Humanities Center, Department of History, University Housing and the ACLU of Oregon. KLCC is the Media Sponsor.