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Jun 21, 2002, 13:17
Recently been listening to Peter Gabriel's music and stumbled upon this on his website. Well worth a visit as it's solely to act on Human Rights and Environmental issues. Seems to be a rock star on a mission of his own. No bad thing!!


Peter is a co-founder and director of WITNESS, a human rights program that aims to attract the eyes of the world and inspire those who see - to act.

WITNESS strengthens local activists by giving them video cameras and field training.

Today, WITNESS unleashes an arsenal of computers, imaging and editing software, satellite phones and email in the struggle for justice.

Witness has provided cameras, fax machines and computers to over 125 human rights organisations in 47 countries, generating footage which has been shown both in the courtroom and on international television. Peter has been involved in a broad spectrum of human rights and environmental issues. His song, 'Biko', was the first pop song which talked about the effects of apartheid, and in 1988 and 1990 he was involved in the Nelson Mandela concerts at Wembley. In 1988 he also worked with Amnesty International to set up the "Human Rights Now" tour, visiting many countries with Sting, Bruce Springsteen,Tracey Chapman and Youssou N'Dour.

Following this, he initiated the "Witness" programme, which was launched in 1992 in conjunction with the Reebok Foundation in the USA. The organisation aims to arm human rights activists from around the world with hand-held video cameras and other tools of mass communication. To date, they have supplied hundreds of cameras to over fifty countries, and have also set up a bi-weekly Witness web broadcast via Macintosh's Quicktime Channel.

In 1989, he visited the USSR to help launch Greenpeace and also contributed to the 'One World, One Voice' album - a collaborative project which featured artists from all over the world.
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