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September 2014

"Advancing social justice at Concordia"

In this video by Jonah Aspler, a graduate of the Department of Journalism, Concordia’s human rights and social justice experts, including Frank Chalk and Kyle Matthews, discuss how their projects aim to improve social justice

September 18

An important NGO in the Balkans called "REKOM" (The Regional Commission for Determining Facts about War Crimes and Other Serious Human Rights Violations on the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia from 1991-2001) has cited the research of MIGS' Assistant Director Prof. Max Bergholz in its most recent official statement issued on August 30, 2014 to commemorate the International Day of Missing Persons.  This NGO has members from all of the countries of the Former Yugoslavia.

The quotation is from a research article that Prof. Bergholz published in 2010 on the dynamics of silence after intercommunal killing in Bosnia, which was translated into Bosnian in 2012 with the assistance of an Aid to Research-Related Events (ARRE) grant from Concordia University.  

The citation of this scholarly article by an important NGO, and its discussion by mainstream media in the Balkans (see below), represents the kind of synergy between academic research and NGO-advocacy work that MIGS seeks to foster. 

For the English version of the statement, please see:

http://www.zarekom.org/news/Coalition-for-RECOM-Finding-the-bodily-remains-of-the-missing-is-a-cornerstone-in-the-development-of-a-public-culture-of-memory-of-the-past.en.html

For references to the statement in the media, please see:

http://www.kosovapress.com/sq/nacionale/koalicioni-per-komra-kur-nuk-ka-varreza-nuk-ka-kujtim-publik-te-te-vdekurve-23872/

http://www.pobjeda.me/2014/08/28/apel-koalicije-rekom-vladama-regiona-dajte-prioritet-pronalazenju-nestalih/#.VBHxtjmdDzI

http://91.148.117.170/vijesti/drustvo/63460/pronalazenje-posmrtnih-ostataka-prioritet.html

http://www.glas-slavonije.hr/245371/1/Jos-se-traga-za-13000-ratnih-zrtava

September 17

Ahead of MIGS’ Raoul Wallenberg events across North America, Assistant to the Director Marie Lamensch published a article in the Huffington Post Quebec titled “Raoul Wallenberg: l'héritage d'un héros”

September 14

Max Bergholz: “‘As If Nothing Ever Happened:’ Massacres, Missing Corpses, and Silence in a Bosnian Community.” In Élisabett Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus, eds., Destruction and Human Remains. Disposal and Concealment in Genocide and Mass Violence.

September 3

Kyle Matthews appeared on the CJAD Barry Morgan Show “Why ISIS is the greatest threat to global stability”

Also on CBC Ontario Morning (sept 4)

September 2

Kyle Matthews wrote an article titled “Stop Islamic State now, before it’s too late” - The Gazette

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