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Human Rights Talks: Marking the 6th anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide

Human Rights Talks: Marking the 6th anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide

August 3, 2020

To mark the 6th anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, in partnership with Yazda, hosted a discussion on justice, trauma, and what the future looks like for Yazidi survivors, particularly women and children.

 

- Ahmed Shaheed , UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.

- Natia Navrouzov, Yazda. 

- Nicolette Waldman, Amnesty International.  

- Hala Safel, Yazidi genocide survivor

- Kyle Matthews, Executive Director, MIGS 

The Coronavirus Diaries - UNHCR Representative in Yemen, Jean-Nicolas Beuze

The Coronavirus Diaries - UNHCR Representative in Yemen, Jean-Nicolas Beuze

July 21, 2020
Jean-Nicolas Beuze is the UNHCR representative in Yemen. He talks about the ongoing conflict, how COVID19 is affecting Yemen and how the UNHCR has shifted its operations. COVID-19 will be the straw that breaks the camel's back in this conflict-ridden country.
Follow him at @jnbeuze
 
Jean-Nicolas Beuze worked for more than 20 years with the United Nations in the areas of Human Rights (OHCHR), Peacekeeping (DPKO) and UNICEF at Headquarters and in the field (Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Afghanistan and the Middle-East and North Africa region) before joining UNHCR in Lebanon as Deputy Representative for Protection and Inter-Agency Coordination. Prior to joining UNHCR, he was the UNICEF Child Protection Advisor for the MENA region (2010-13) working on emergency responses in Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and strengthening public child protection and education systems in the region. He was previously appointed as the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Unit of UN Peace-Keeping/DPKO mission in Afghanistan/UNAMA (2008-10) focusing on women’s rights, elections, poverty and the protection of civilians. He

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Online Hate Speech and the Santa Clara Principles

Online Hate Speech and the Santa Clara Principles

July 8, 2020

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies hosted a conversation on how the Santa Clara Principles can guide content moderation and platform governance on the issues of hate speech and incitement to commit violence.

As a result of pandemic and the BLM protests, many tech companies have made changes to the way they moderate content. What does it mean for users and for society as whole ? As these steps relevant?

- David Greene, Senior Staff Attorney & Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation

- Heidi Tworek, Associate Professor in International History and Public Policy at UBC

- Chris Beall, Policy Lead for Platform Governance at the Centre for International Governance Innovation

Canada Launch of the Global Peace Index : Measuring peace in a complex world

Canada Launch of the Global Peace Index : Measuring peace in a complex world

June 23, 2020

The Institute for Economics and Peace recently published the 2020 Global Peace Index. The Index outlines key 2020 highlights, global rankings, regional overviews as well as country improvements and deterioration in peace. Uniquely, this edition will cover three new topics: trends in civil unrest, ecological threats, and the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the Index, IEP also released a special briefing on COVID-19 and Peace. It discusses the changes in socio-economic systems and considers the repercussions of such changes on patterns of violence and conflict.

Featured Guests:

Lieutenant-General the Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire

Serge Stroobants, Director of Operations, Europe & MENA, Institute for and Economics and Peace

Senator Marilou McPhedran , Canadian Senator and founder of The Institute for International Women’s Rights

Ferry de Kerckhove, former Ambassador

Moderator: Kyle Matthews, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

Mapping Online Hate: A discussion with Zach Devereaux, Nexalogy

Mapping Online Hate: A discussion with Zach Devereaux, Nexalogy

May 14, 2020

Mapping online hate is a project of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University. This project supported by Heritage Canada's Digital Citizens Initiative. The initiative features interviews with experts and practitioners about online hate in Canada and Quebec more specifically.

Zach Devereaux has been researching social media and it's impact on business, politics, and national security since 2010. Zach won a Gemini Citation of Recognition with the Infoscape Lab at Ryerson University for putting Twitter, YouTube, and Blogs on CBC news during Canada Votes 2008 coverage, and worked in automotive related social media analytics and analysis for 5 years, before becoming a social media expert and defence consultant at the NATO level.  
 
Mapping Online Hate: A discussion with Adama Dieng, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide

Mapping Online Hate: A discussion with Adama Dieng, Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide

May 13, 2020

Mapping online hate is a project of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University. This project supported by Heritage Canada's Digital Citizens Initiative. The initiative features interviews with experts and practitioners about online hate in Canada and Quebec more specifically.

Adama Dieng, a Senegalese jurist, was appointed as Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide on 1 September 2012. Prior to his appointment, he had served since 2001 as Assistant Secretary-General and Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Dieng was the Secretary General of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists for ten years (1990-2000). 
Mapping Online Hate: A discussion David Ouellette (CIJA)

Mapping Online Hate: A discussion David Ouellette (CIJA)

May 13, 2020

Mapping online hate is a project of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University. This project supported by Heritage Canada's Digital Citizens Initiative. The initiative features interviews with experts and practitioners about online hate in Canada and Quebec more specifically.

David Ouellette, Associate Director of Quebec Public Affairs at The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).

Mapping online hate : A discussion with Chris Tuckwood, The Sentinel Project

Mapping online hate : A discussion with Chris Tuckwood, The Sentinel Project

May 13, 2020

Mapping online hate is a project of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University. This project supported by Heritage Canada's Digital Citizens Initiative. The initiative features interviews with experts and practitioners about online hate in Canada and Quebec more specifically.

Christopher Tuckwood is the executive director and co-founder of the Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention, a Toronto-based NGO dedicated to assisting communities at risk of mass atrocities worldwide. The Sentinel Project does this through the innovative use of technology and direct cooperation with threatened communities 

 

Mapping online hate : A discussion with Professor Ghayda Hassan (in French)

Mapping online hate : A discussion with Professor Ghayda Hassan (in French)

May 13, 2020

Mapping online hate is a project of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University. This project supported by Heritage Canada's Digital Citizens Initiative. The initiative features interviews with experts and practitioners about online hate in Canada and Quebec more specifically. 

Dre Ghayda Hassan est une psychologue clinicienne et professeure de psychologie clinique à l’UQAM à Montréal. Ses revues systématiques, recherches et activités cliniques sont axées sur quatre aspects de la psychologie clinique culturelle: 1) Souffrance sociale, relations inter-communautaires et la radicalisation violente 2) Intervention dans la violence familiale et diversité culturelle 3) Identité, appartenance et santé mentale des enfants et des adolescents des groupes minoritaires ethniques / religieux 4) Travailler avec des immigrants et des réfugiés vulnérables.

Dr. Ghayda Hassan is a clinical psychologist and professor of clinical psychology at UQAM. Her research and clinical activities are centred around four main areas of clinical cultural psychology: 1) Intervention in family violence & cultural diversity; 2)Identity, belonging and mental health of children and adolescents from ethnic/religious minorities ; 3) Cohabitation, inter-community relations and violent extremism ; 4) working with vulnerable immigrants and refugees.

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The Coronavirus Diaries: Journalist Namrata Kolachalam on the impact of COVID19 in India

The Coronavirus Diaries: Journalist Namrata Kolachalam on the impact of COVID19 in India

April 28, 2020

Namrata Kolachalam speaks about the measures taken by Narendra Modi's government in India, the impact of the pandemic on Asia's largest slums in Mumbai, and the continued rise of Islamophobia in the country. The global pandemic has only accelerated national identity politics and Muslims have been used as scapegoats.

Namrata Kolachalam is a writer based in Mumbai. She previously worked as a spokesperson for the Obama administration