Best Practices for Interviewing Witnesses

Gissou Nia, the director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, talked to us about best practices for interviews to document human rights violations. The video takes about 25 minutes to watch. It is filled with interviewing tips and advice that even experts can learn from.

Despite the fact that witness testimony of human rights violations is often done outside of a legal framework, Nia recommends following strict guidelines and learning from the way that witnesses are interviewed for legal proceedings. She states:

“We need to know how to properly interview a witness, put them at ease, get the most truthful and accurate account, and be able to inform them of where this evidence will go at a later stage.”

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