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Using Theatre for Human Rights Education and Action

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This online dialogue highlighted how theater is being used to promote, educate, motivate and move people to action regarding human rights, development and issues "screaming for" change. Practitioners shared stories of how theater is used as a powerful tool in human rights work, and theatre exercises and tools that have been useful for groups and communities looking for ways to utilize theater in their work. 


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2008 Year-End Review

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In recognition of the One-year Anniversary of the New Tactics interactive website, we hosted a “year-end review.”

We wanted to provide this opportunity to generate feedback from you, our New Tactics community members, about what New Tactics resources and tools have worked well for you. We have opened the “year-end review” with some general theme areas. This is a summary of the ideas and experiences shared in this dialogue.

Video Advocacy

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Video can be a tool for mobilizing people to take action, empowering victims of human rights violations, and promoting reconciliation in affected communities. There are, however, a number of questions that remain as to the effectiveness of video, how it can be made more accessible to different audiences, and how to empower different communities and organizations to use it. The dialogue “video advocacy” explored how video can be used in human rights campaigns for educational outreach and documentation.

Truth and Reconciliation Processes: Aiding community healing through addressing impunity

Truth and Reconciliation processes have and are being implemented to aid community healing. This dialogue seeks to share experiences transitional justice processes known as Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, instituted with the aim of exploring the truth hidden behind pasts characterized by gross abuses of human rights.

Engaging the Media in Human Rights

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The media, at least in our highly mediated/industrialized societies, is one of the pillars of power. That's why we need to become skilled at engaging journalists and news editors in giant media corporations, and alternative grassroots information outfits alike.

We need to be interested in "engaging" the media not just as another constituency with some influence, but because it is one of the ESSENTIAL levers of power. The media is integral to civil society. The media -- and this may be a worldwide phenomenon -- bolsters or undermines progress. It makes or breaks regimes. It fosters, or undoes, a culture of respect for human rights.

Unarmed Accompaniment

Unarmed accompaniment is the protection of human rights defenders so they can continue their important work! Human rights defenders do their work in unpredictable and often dangerous situations and conditions around the world. Unarmed accompaniment provides a powerful witness to those who may wish to harm defenders, letting them know their actions will be known.

Using Mobile Phones for Action

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Mobile technology is being used by citizens all over the world as the most affordable and massively adopted piece of technology. How can we harness this technology for advancing human rights and civil society participation? This dialogue is a space to share and discuss many ideas for "Using Mobile Phones for Action."

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