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16 juillet 2008

Peter Gabriel's WITNESS in association with Concordia University Co-Host Global Convening of 30 Human Rights Activists

MONTREAL, July 15 /CNW Telbec/ - WITNESS, the human rights organization co-founded by musician and activist Peter Gabriel, is proud to return to Montreal July 20-August 2, 2008 for the 2nd Annual Video Advocacy Institute (VAI), a unique and innovative program that will train 30 global human rights defenders to use video as a tool for advocacy and social change.

The VAI will be held in association with Concordia University's Communication Studies Program and Documentary Centre, where WITNESS has found a true ally and unparalleled support for the its mission to empower people with technical and strategic training in the use of video to create change.

The VAI will provide an immersive introduction in video advocacy - filming, editing, and strategic online and offline distribution - for a group of 30 human rights advocates from around the globe working on some of the most challenging issues facing our world. Participants include: Shaka Ceesay from Gambia who is campaigning to end the practice of female genital mutilation;
Parimala Devi Narayanasamy who is working on improving labor conditions for migrant domestic workers in Malaysia; and Debora Diniz Rodrigues who wants to bring attention to the vulnerability of people living in psychiatric prisons in Brazil.

For more than 15 years, WITNESS has worked with thousands of human rights defenders in over 70 countries providing video equipment, training and support so that human rights abuses are brought to the attention of key decision makers, concerned citizens and the media.

For the complete press release, please visit:

For further information: Su Patel, WITNESS, (718) 783-2000 ext. 316,; Source: Tanya Churchmuch, Concordia University, (514)
848-2424 ext. 2518, Cell: (514) 518-3336,

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