Newsletter - June 2017
MIGS hosted #RightsCity - Montreal, ville des droits humains, a global initiative celebrating the role that Montreal has played in advancing human rights worldwide and re-energizing the international human rights community in a time of turmoil. In partnership with Amnesty International, the Armenian National Committee of Quebec, and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, three major events took place on the 26 – 27 May; 1) the #RightsCity conference at Concordia University, 2) the Annual March for Humanity and the Prevention of Genocide, and 3) Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award. Well-known Canadian and international human rights champions such as Alicia Keys, Romeo Dallaire, Salil Shetty, Ensaf Haidar, Biram Dah Abeid, and Irwin Cotler, as well as members of the Indigenous rights movement of Canada, including Melissa Mollen Depuis, Ghislain Picard, Melissa Mollen-Dupuis, Widia Larivière, Melanie Morrison and Delilah Saunders made an appearance. Pictures are available on MIGS's Facebook page.
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MIGS is sending delegates to the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Germany, where Kyle Matthews and Marie Lamensch will be discussing identity and diversity in the age of populism and religious extremism. It’s the global platform where one can connect and strengthen relations with over 2,000 inspiring representatives from the fields of journalism, digital media, politics, culture, business, development, academia and civil society.
MIGS hosted Pekka Metso, Ambassador at Large for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Processes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Following the Global Parliamentarians Meeting on Atrocity Prevention in The Hague on April 13th and 14th, the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation provided a summary of the event on their news platform.
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by Concordia University Magazine about MIGS.
Michael Petrou was awarded the Canadian Nieman Fellowship at Harvard.
MIGS co-hosted an event in Ottawa with the Human Rights Research and Education Centre and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights- ‘Venezuela in Crisis: Action Now’
Kyle Matthews was a member of the Host Committee for the Next City Vanguard Montreal 2017.
In the media
Kyle Matthews spoke to Breakfast TV Montreal about the French elections and the future of France.
Kyle Matthews spoke to CTV MTL about Montreal’s key role in advancing human rights
Michael Petrou wrote an opinion piece for CBC News online titled “What does Canada get out of restoring diplomatic ties with Iran?”
Michael Petrou wrote a video in OpenCanada.org for Canada’s 150 year anniversary, titled “150 years of Canadian foreign policy”.
Romeo Dallaire was quoted in the article for CBC News titled “Canada's training plan for UN troops will be a departure from classic peacekeeping”
Michael Petrou was quoted in an article by Mosaic Magazine, “Canada Is Restoring Ties with Iran, but Appears to Be Getting Nothing in Return”
Kyle Matthews spoke to Breakfast TV Montreal about the Manchester bombings.
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by iHeart Radio on the topic of the Manchester bombings.
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by Global News Canada about security concerns after the Manchester bombings.
Kyle Matthews was quoted by the Montreal Gazette in their article “Canadians in ISIL: A threat when they return to Canada?”
Romeo Dallaire spoke to iHeart Radio about “Why Montreal (is) at the forefront of human rights”
Romeo Dallaire gave a keynote address as part of a fundraiser for local refugee initiatives in Sudbury, ON and was quoted in an article about the event in the Sudbury Star.
27- 28 May
The Rights City event was covered by Newswire Canada, City News Canada, The Council of Canadians Acting for Social Justice, and Amnesty International Blog
Romeo Dallaire shared his experiences at a lecture in Oakville, ON, covered by Halton News.
Michael Petrou wrote an opinion piece for CBC News titled “Canada should join its closest allies and return to Afghanistan”.
Kyle Matthews will give the key note address at the Annual Human Rights Lecture, hosted by the Lord Reading Law Society
Following #RightsCity, MIGS and Amnistie internationale Canada francophone will gather at Mont-Royal Metro to demande the liberation of Raif Badawi and other prisoners of conscience.
20 - 21 June
Kyle Matthews and Marie Lamensch will attend the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany.
Marie Lamensch will give a lecture at the CERIUM at the Universite de Montreal
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