Human Rights Talks
Covid-19 and Future of Internet Governance

Covid-19 and Future of Internet Governance

January 20, 2021

Join this digital townhall to learn about COVID-19 disinformation and the future of internet governance and content moderation.

  • Tina Purnat, World Health Organization
  • Fenwick McKelvey, Concordia University
  • Elizabeth Dubois, University of Ottawa
  • Rory Smith, First Draft News
  • Philippe-Andre Rodriguez, Global Affairs Canada

The Canadian Coalition to Counter COVID Digital Disinformation is a project organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies with funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage's Digital Citizens Initiative. The team is working to enhance Canadian citizens' digital literacy and resiliency as they come in contact with misinformation and disinformation relating to COVID-19.

As part of this work, a series of digital townhalls will be held on issues like foreign interference, conspiracy theories and fake news. Stay tuned for more events hosted on these topics.

Human Rights Talks: Vérification des faits et rôle des médias

Human Rights Talks: Vérification des faits et rôle des médias

December 15, 2020

Lors de la troisième session de notre série d'évènement sur la COVID-19 et la désinformation, nous parlons des acteurs principaux, des thèmes clés, et du rôle des médias dans la vérification des faits.

En partenariat avec Agence Science Presse

Ce joindront à nous:

- Eve Dubé. Anthropologue. Chercheure à l'Institut national de santé publique du Québec

- Nicholas de Rosa. Journaliste, Les Décrypteurs, Radio-Canada

- Eve Beaudin. Journaliste et reporter. Détectrice de rumeurs à sciencepresse.qc.ca

- Patrick White. Journaliste et professeur de journalisme à l'Université du Québec à Montréal.

La Coalition canadienne pour contrer la désinformation en ligne sur la COVID-19 est un projet mis sur pied par l'Institut Montréalais d'études sur le génocide et les droits de la personne grâce au financement de Patrimoine Canada. Notre mission est de développer la littératie numérique et la résilience au sein de la population canadienne alors qu'ils font face à de la désinformation et de la mésinformation liées à la COVID-19.

Dans le cadre de ce projet, nous organisons une série d’assemblée numérique sur des thèmes tels que l’influence étrangère, les théories du complot et les fausses nouvelles. Demeurez à l’écoute pour en apprendre davantage sur nos prochains évènements sur ce sujet.

Human RIghts Talks: Canada launch of the Global Terrorism Index

Human RIghts Talks: Canada launch of the Global Terrorism Index

December 14, 2020
In collaboration with the Institute for Economics and Peace,MIGS hosted the Canadian launch of the IEP's 2020 Global Terrorism Index.
 

This event was streamed live on our YouTube channel as well as our Facebook page.

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) recently published the 2020 Global Peace Index (GTI). The GTI is an annual report produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace. Now on its eighth edition, the GTI provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism. Our speakers provided an overview of the report's findings and look at the socio-economic conditions under which terrorism occurs, some of the recent geopolitical drivers and how terrorism changes over time.

Featured Speakers:

- Michelle Shephard, journalist and filmmaker

- Michael Collins, Institute for Economics and Peace

- Mia Bloom, Fellow, International Security Program, New America

- Mubin Shaikh, Professor of Public Safety, former security intelligence and counter terrorism operative

Human Rights Talks: Conspiracy Theories & COVID-19 Disinformation

Human Rights Talks: Conspiracy Theories & COVID-19 Disinformation

December 9, 2020

In this second installment of our series on COVID-19 and disinformation we discussed key actors, themes, and impacts of conspiracy theories and disinformation in the Canadian context.

We will be joined by: Dr. Joan Donovan (Shorenstein Center at Harvard University), Melanie Smith (Graphika), and Dr. Heidi Tworek (UBC & CIGI). Aphrodite Salas (Concordia University) moderated this discussion.

The discussion was streamed live on YouTube

The Canadian Coalition to Counter COVID Digital Disinformation is a project organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies with funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage's Digital Citizens Initiative. We are working to enhance Canadian citizens' digital literacy and resiliency as they come in contact with misinformation and disinformation relating to COVID-19.

As part of this work, we are holding a series of digital townhalls on issues like foreign interference, conspiracy theories, and fake news. Stay tuned for more events hosted on these topics.

Ethiopia on the Brink of Mass Atrocities

Ethiopia on the Brink of Mass Atrocities

December 3, 2020

One year after Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a humanitarian crisis is developing in the Horn of Africa as thousands of people are fleeing the two-week conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region. Since the start of the conflict between the Ethiopian Defence Forces and the Tigray Regional Paramilitary Police and militia loyal to the Tigray People Liberation Front, 25,300 refugees have fled the country into Sudan. According to Amnesty International, "scores, and likely hundreds, of people were stabbed or hacked to death" the South West Zone of Tigray. Many others have been killed in airstrikes.

This panel discussion shed light on the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the region, the different narratives of the groups involved in the conflict, unpack the structural and political causes, and look at the regional implications of the conflict.

Speakers:

- William Davison, Senior Analyst for Ethiopia, Crisis Group

- Sarah Hunter, Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect

- Dr Semahagn Abebe, Assistant Professor, Endicott College

- Susan Stigant, Director of Africa Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace

The discussion is moderated by Marie lamensch, Project coordinator at MIGS

Human Rights Talks: Digital Townhall -Foreign Interference & COVID19 Disinformation

Human Rights Talks: Digital Townhall -Foreign Interference & COVID19 Disinformation

November 18, 2020

In this first installment of our series on COVID-19 and disinformation we discussed key actors, themes, and impacts of foreign interference and disinformation in the Canadian context.

- Marcus Kolga (Founder of DisinfoWatch and Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute)

- Camille François (Chief Innovation Officer at Graphika)

- Alice Stollmeyer (Executive Director of Defend Democracy). 

- Michael Petrou (Editor-in-Chief of Open Canada) will moderate the discussion.

This event was livestreamed on the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies' Facebook and YouTube pages.

The Canadian Coalition to Counter COVID Digital Disinformation is a project organized by the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies with funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage's Digital Citizens Initiative. We are working to enhance Canadian citizens' digital literacy and resiliency as they come in contact with misinformation and disinformation relating to COVID-19.

Human Rights Talks: Uyghur Under Threat - Part 3

Human Rights Talks: Uyghur Under Threat - Part 3

November 13, 2020

In light of the Human Rights violations against the Uyghur population happening in Xinjiang, a region in the northwest of China which is known to most Uyghur people as East Turkestan, join the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies for a high-level discussion on the persecution of the Uyghurs.

This is part 3 of the discussion.

  • Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch
  • Nury Turkel, Uighur human rights lawyer, founder of the Uighur Human Rights Project, and Commissioner of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom"
  • Garnett Genuis, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Sherwood Park and Shadow Minister for International Development & Human Rights
  • Preston Lim, J.D. candidate at Yale Law School

Moderator: Kyle Matthews, Executive Director, MIGS

Human Rights Talks: Uyghur Under Threat - Part 2

Human Rights Talks: Uyghur Under Threat - Part 2

November 13, 2020

In light of the Human Rights violations against the Uyghur population happening in Xinjiang, a region in the northwest of China which is known to most Uyghur people as East Turkestan, join the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies for a high-level discussion on the persecution of the Uyghurs. This is part 2 of the discussion.

- Mihrigul Tursun, camp survivor

- Adrian Zenz, German anthropologist and Senior Fellow in China Studies at VOC

- Francine Pelletier, journalist at Le Devoir and journalism adjunct professor at Concordia University

Human Rights Talks : Uyghur Under Threat - Part 1

Human Rights Talks : Uyghur Under Threat - Part 1

November 13, 2020

In light of the Human Rights violations against the Uighur population happening in Xinjiang, a region in the northwest of China which is known to most Uyghur people as East Turkestan, join the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies for a high-level discussion on the persecution of the Uighur.

 

Irwin Cotler, retired Canadian politician, Emeritus Professor of Law, and Founder and Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights

 

- Darren Byler, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington.

- Dr. Sean Roberts, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, and Director, International Development Studies Program, Elliott School of International Affairs.

- Marie-Ève Melanson, PhD candidate at McGill University's School of Religious Studies, a Research Assistant on Dr. Susan Palmer's SSHRC-funded project "Children in Minority Religions and State Control."

- Dilnur Reyhan, President of the Uyghur Institute of Europe

- Moderator: Prof. Kim Manning, Associate Professor of Political Science and Principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University

Human Rights Talks : The Rohingya - A Genocide Incited on Facebook

Human Rights Talks : The Rohingya - A Genocide Incited on Facebook

November 11, 2020

Today, the crisis in Myanmar stands out as a case study of groups harnessing social media to incite violence and of the failure of social media platforms to take action. What role did online hate speech and misinformation play in the resurgence of oppression and human rights violations? What are the lessons learned from this crisis for all stakeholders (Big Tech, states, civil society) to prevent this from happening again?

The third session of the “Decoding Hate Speech” series will focus on the weaponization of social media in Myanmar and address whether this case marks a turning point in Big Tech’s realization that they must consider the human rights impact of their platforms.

 

Senator Marilou McPhedran

Grant Shubin, Legal Director of the Global Justice Center

Myat Thu, Independent expert and Research Advisor at Myanmar Tech Accountability

Kyle Matthews, Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS)

 

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