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Using interactive maps, virtual field visits and storytelling to document human rights violations in areas difficult to access

Al Haq combines maps, new media and storytelling to raise awareness about human rights violations taking place in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), locations that are often very difficult to access.

AL Haq is a Palestinian non-governmental human rights advocacy organization. It promotes human rights and the rule of law in the OPT by monitoring and documenting violations.  Al Haq is active in filing court cases against perpetrators in front of both national and international courts.

Holding an intensive visual short-term campaign to be able to reach wider audience and tackle urgent matters

There are growing concerns for freedom of expression even after the Tunisian revolution. Two young Tunisians were sentenced to long prison sentences because of facebook posts. Head of a Tunisian TV channel was fined because of airing a movie deemed blasphemous by court.

Using flickr as a participatory tool to expose perpetrators of human rights violations: Piggipedia

Excessive use of force and torturing of civilians were common practices of the security forces before the 2011 Egyptian revolution.  There are numerous examples of police brutally dismantling protests and conducting mass arrests of protesters without accountability.  In 2008, an Egyptian blogger started Piggipedia to help identify and expose security officials suspected of committing crimes against civilians including torture, abuse, use of excessive force and other crimes.

Organizing debates between elected representatives and citizens to discuss constitution articles

Al Bawsala is a local Tunisian NGO that was established to offer citizens the means to stay updated with their elected representatives, provide them ways to defend their fundamental rights, and build relationships with elected representatives and decision-makers in order to work towards the establishment of good governance practices and political ethics (more info here).

Signing a demands petition and collecting mass signatures to support the cause and mobilize the community

Rebel movement started in Egypt as a petition calling for the removal of former president Mohamed Morsi and the transition of power to the Supreme Constitutional Court chief judge.  The movement aimed at collecting 15 million signatures by 30 June 2013, which marks a year of Morsi’s rule.

Using victims testimonies to create public awareness and encourage positive action

The initiative’s goal is to encourage women to take action and speak up by publishing stories of females who managed to report sexual harassment incidents  or at least took instant action after the incident happened. Pictures and stories sometimes get thousands of shares on facebook depending on how well documented and credible the harassment story is.

Organizing intervention teams to rescue women who are sexually assaulted during protest demonstrations

Operation Anti Sexual Harassment/Assault (OpAntiSH) organizes teams of volunteers to intervene when women experience sexual assault or harassment during street protests in Egypt.  Using social media, the group recruits volunteers to be involved in trained rapid response intervention teams.

Using satirical symbols to challenge media censorship

Protesters in Turkey portrayed the image of a penguin in social and alternative media and in street demonstrations to demand a more accountable and responsive media.  As violence broke out between police and protesters during demonstrations in Turkey, CNN Turk aired a documentary about penguins while CNN in other countries covered the protests.  Angered by the inability to access relevant news during this tumultuous time, the protest movement adopted the penguin as a symbol of media bias and government censorship.

Utilizing SMS to facilitate communication between detainees and human rights groups to provide medical help and legal assistance

The Front to Defend Egypt Protesters (FDEP) developed an approach to encourage activists and protesters at risk of arrest and detention to communicate with a volunteer network and mobilize timely legal, medical and other support.


Engaging government allies to advance the right to free early childhood education in poverty pockets

The Change Academy for Democratic Studies and Development and the Arab Network for Civic Education (ANHRE) engaged allies in national government agencies along with local community organizations to advance the right to early childhood education in poverty pockets in Ma’an governorate, South Jordan.  The effort maximized the parallel Jordanian government processes of the Early Childhood Development Strategy (2000), the Jordanian National Action Plan for Children (2004-2013), and the strategic plan of the Ministry of Education (2010-2014) to advance free and compulsory education by 2013.