Newsletter - March 2018
The Milan Forum for Parliamentary Action in Preventing Violent Extremism and Mass Atrocities, convened in partnership with the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), the Stanley Foundation and the Mayor of Milan, has published Sample Parliamentary Questions and a Model Parliamentary Resolution as implementation guidance for parliamentarians
April 22-24, 2018
MIGS was chosen as a civil society partner to be the Global Affairs Canada host for the international atrocity prevention working group, which will meet in Ottawa to formulate strategies in atrocity prevention with representatives from Canada, the UK, US, Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany.
April 17-20, 2018
MIGS will support McGill’s Center for Research on Religion and the Concordia Department of Theology for the conference Religion and Violence: Sources, History and the Contemporary World.
May 16-18, 2018
MIGS has been selected by Access Now to host a session titled “Mapping the Artificial Intelligence, Networked Hate, and Human Rights Landscape” at the upcoming RightsCon Toronto 2018, the world’s leading conference on human rights in the digital age. MIGS Project Manager Nicolas Pogadl and MIGS Junior Fellow Rutvi Ajmera were selected to participate in the Young Leaders Summit at the conference.
February 26, 2018
MIGS co-convened the Berlin Conference on Myanmar Genocide held at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany. MIGS partnered with several organizations including Alice Salomon University, Berlin W. Michael Akademie, the Center for the Study of Genocide and Justice of Liberation War Museum, Genocide Watch, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, Euro-Burma office, and the Genocide Documentation Center of Cambodia to discuss the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
February 27-28, 2018
MIGS Fellow Andrei Serbin Pont organized the Second Regional Workshop entitled “Respuestas Regionales a la Crisis en Venezuela: resguardando los derechos humanos de refugiados y migrantes” in Bogota, Columbia.
February 28, 2018
In partnership with the U.S. Consulate General Montreal, MIGS hosted “World Without Hate: A Discussion with Rais Bhuiyan” at Concordia University.
March 1, 2018
In partnership with the Montreal Holocaust Museum, the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, MIGS co-organized “Warnings from the Rohingya”. The event featured a discussion between Payam Akhavan, Professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Law and the Honourable Bob Rae, Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar.
MIGS, in partnership with Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada, convened a roundtable dialogue in Ottawa on the role of women in conflict and genocide prevention. The event took place at the Canadian Parliament and featured Alice Ndertu, recipient of the 2018 SFU Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue and a leader in conflict prevention in Kenya, Nigeria and South Sudan. A conference report will soon be published.
March 6, 2018
MIGS and the Canadian International Council organized an event titled “Turkey: Today and Tomorrow”. Dr. Chris Kilford addressed the challenges facing this major regional power and NATO ally, and what the future may hold. During his 36-year military career in the Canadian Army, Dr. Kilford has served throughout Canada, Germany, Afghanistan and Turkey in various command, instructional and staff roles.
March 14, 2018
MIGS, in partnership with Tech Against Terrorism, the United Nations, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Twitter, hosted a workshop at Concordia University on artificial intelligence and human rights. The event gathered over 70 experts for a discussion of the current challenges within the fields of technology, AI implementation and open source intelligence with regards to counterterrorism and human rights.
March 16, 2018
The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies hosted a special lecture titled: "The Egyptian Origins of Militant Islam: Sayyid Qutb and His Followers", with Dr. John C. Calvert from Creighton University.
March 19-23, 2018
MIGS, in collaboration with the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, Dalhousie University and Public Safety Canada, hosted a week-long conference at Concordia University titled Building Connections. The event provided a forum for community organizations, law enforcement, governments and researchers to showcase best practices on preventing violent extremism and radicalization leading to violence within a Canadian context. Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante attended the opening event.
March 28-29, 2018
MIGS Digital Fellow Dr. André Gagné will be giving a lecture titled “Construction de l'identité sociale et rhétorique religieuse dans l'utilisation des médias sociaux et des applications cryptées : facteurs du processus de radicalisation religieuse” at the Fonds de recherche Québec, Sociéte et Culture – Centre national de la recherche scientifique France Colloquium Les affiliations identitaires radicales : Comprendre pour agir, to be held in Nîmes, France.
In the media
February 14, 2018
February 27, 2018
March 8, 2018
MIGS Digital Fellow Anne Speckard published an article for Modern Diplomacy titled, “How Can Hollywood Help Fight ISIS and similar Terrorist Groups?”
Anne Speckard, along with Adrian Shajkovci & Lorand Bodo published a research report titled “Fighting ISIS on Facebook- Breaking the ISIS Brand Counter-Narratives Project” for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism.
MIGS Digital Fellow Phil Gurski also wrote a number of thought pieces on his blog.