Documenting Human Rights Violations in Challenging Environments

As someone collecting information, perhaps the most valuable source is the eyewitness. Because eyewitnesses saw an event/incident with their own eyes, rather than hearing it from a secondary source, their testimony can: substantiate claims that an incident did or did not happen, provide crucial details that may not have been reported yet, and offer a description which confirms or refutes alternate accounts, if any exist.

The first step in working with eyewitnesses is to identify the type of eyewitness you would like to interview. Click “Next” to go to the following page for some questions to keep in mind when identifying potential eyewitnesses: