The Human Rights Watch E-Team Documentary – Proof that HRW go above and beyond the call of duty

Last night, I had the privilege of attending the Human Rights Watch E-Team Documentary, filmed in Syria and surrounding regions during 2012-13. 

Human Rights Watch researchers investigate human rights abuse in more than 90 countries. 

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms to which everyone is entitled on the basis of their common humanity. They include civil and political rights, as well as economic, social, and cultural rights.

Human rights are drawn from various cultures, religions and philosophies from around the world over many centuries. They are in force at all times and in all places. Human rights protect everyone equally without discrimination according to race, sex, religion, political opinion or other status.

The Emergencies Team at Human Rights Watch is a small group of researchers who are specially trained and very experienced in working in conflict areas.

I often use the well documented research of HRW, and have had confidence in their material every time I have referred to their work. 

After watching the Documentary, now, more than ever, I strongly trust and support the wonderful work of Human Rights Watch. The Documentary follows Human Rights Watch Emergency Team Research staff, who go to the scenes of atrocities to interview victims, witnesses, local, activists and government officials. They travel to war zones, hostile environments and areas under heavly surveillance. 

They were in Kosovo in 1998. They captured in film and in interviews the violence, brutality and displacement of thousands of Yugoslavians as it happened. The HRW researchers risk their own lives by putting themselves in the line of fire to produce timely, accurate, non-biased research. 

Human Rights Watch seek to cut through the lies with their in-depth front line investigations into the facts of any situation. They pride themselves in wielding the power of truth to protect the vulnerable and bring abusers to justice, by forcing leaders to recognise that the only way to defend their reputation is not by deception, but through a change in their conduct. They do this in order to save lives, and to make a shift in the lives of those who do not have free access to basic rights and freedoms we take for granted daily. 

Ross Kauffman and Katy Chevigny as the Directrs of the E-Team Documentary are well known to Human Rights Watch, and their films have appeared in the Human Rights Watch Film Festival many times over the years. They documented the work of the Human Rights Watch’s emergencies team, by skillfully going behind the scenes without increasing the risks that people were already taking in speaking with human rights researchers. The victims and eyewitnesses remain protected, while a rare insight into the in depth front line investigations of the HRW E-Team are recorded. 

Human Rights Watch lays the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change. They help bring justice and security to people around the world. They stand up to some of the world’s most unyielding governments. 

Human Rights Watch remain totally independent, free of any government sponsorship, to ensure that their voice remains non biased. They are a great organization I urge you to support. 

You can purchase the E-Team Documentary on Netflix and view interviews of the E-Team here: http://www.hrw.org/eteam

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