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(New York) - Human Rights Watch today launched a new issue-specific multimedia application for Apple's iPad, pioneering the first in a series of in-depth and original human rights multimedia apps through the iPad. Users can download the app for free from Apple's App store.

"Our new iPad app gives Human Rights Watch an extraordinary opportunity to spotlight the human faces behind our reports of abuse," said Carroll Bogert, deputy executive director for external relations at Human Rights Watch. This platform will connect users to our investigations in a way that will help generate pressure for positive change."

The application released today, the first in a series devoted to multimedia reporting on specific issues or countries, showcases business and human rights reporting on the Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea. Human Rights Watch joined forces with award-winning photographer Brent Stirton of Getty Images to visually document the human rights impacts surrounding the Porgera gold mine, owned by the largest producer of gold in the world, Barrick Gold. The app, featuring photographs, videos, first-hand testimony and expert information, was the result of a year-long investigation into the mine that culminated in a final photography and video field assignment illustrating comprehensive findings of abuse published in our full report, "Gold's Costly Dividend."

The app was designed by Fruitmachine and developed by Guerrilla for Human Rights Watch.   Human Rights Watch conducts investigations and presses for an end to human rights abuses in more than 90 countries, among them some of the most dangerous and oppressed places on earth.

"The minimalist design allows the visual imagery to directly communicate to users, making the sounds, sights, and voices of human rights take center stage," said Bogert.

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