October 26, 2020
In 2017-1018, images of Iranian women protesting the Islamic government by taking off their headscarves in public were seen around the world. Shaparak Shajarizadeh was one of these women. In 2018, she photographed herself in front of one of the busiest squares of Teheran, hoisting her hijab overhead on a stick for all to see. This same picture is now on the cover of a new book titled “La liberté n’est pas un crime” in which she and journalist Rima Elkouri tell her story of how she became an activist fighting for women’s rights and how she came to participate in the #WhiteWednesday movement. She also recounts her arrests, her time in prison and finally her flight from Iran. Today, she has found refuge in Toronto but she continues to fight for women’s rights and basic freedoms.
In this unique bilingual event, Shaparak Shajarizadeh and Rima Elkouri will discuss Shaparak’s decision to stand up to the Iranian government, the role of women in protest movements in Iran, her decision to flee her country and to continue her activism in Canada.
This is a bilingual event and will be streamed on our YouTube channel as well as our Facebook.
- Rima Elkouri, journalist at La Presse and co-author of “La liberté n’est pas un crime”
- Shaparak Shajarizadeh, Iranian activist and co-author of “La liberté n’est pas un crime”
October 8, 2020
Can information and communication technologies still be used for positive change and democracy, and if so, how? How can we prevent Big Tech from profiting from online harm and once again become a tool for positive change? What tools, mechanisms and approaches can be used by states, civil society and the private sector to counter online hate?
The second session of the “Decoding Hate Speech” series addressed the complexity of this social media phenomenon with an informed and multi-partied approach to prevent the harmful effects of Big Tech on human rights, and develop strategies to make technologies work for the benefit of our societies.
Kyle Matthews, Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, speaks to Savita Pawnday (Deputy Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect), Meetali Jain (Legal Director at Avaaz), and Christopher Tuckwood (Executive Director of The Sentinel Project).
September 24, 2020
Les théories du complot ont gagné en population et visibilité depuis le début de la pandémie de la COVID-19, visant tout particulièrement certaines communautés culturelles et religieuses. Ce panel aborde la question des théories du complots et leurs liens avec les discours haineux. Nous parlons des contextes de crise dans lesquels ils prennent racines, des mécanismes de diffusion en ligne, et de certaines bonnes pratiques d’information et d’éducation permettant de lutter contre ce phénomène.
-Marie-Eve Carignan, Directrice du Pôle Médias, Chaire UNESCO en prévention de la radicalisation et de l’extrémisme violents (Chaire UNESCO-PREV)
- Jeff Yates, Journaliste, Radio Canada, "Les Décrypteurs"
- Rudy Reichstadt, Conspiracy Watch
- Marie Lamensch, Coordinatrice de projet, MIGS
September 3, 2020
In recent years, hate-fueled rhetoric in public discourse and in the media have been on the rise around the world. By revolutionizing the way we communicate and interact, the Internet and social media have considerably amplified this phenomenon. National and international responses to this global phenomenon have been uneven. Some governments are hesitant to regulate freedom of speech while governments with authoritarian tendencies have imposed social media rules to crack down on activists and journalists. Big Tech Companies, meanwhile, have failed to strongly address online hate speech.
Alarmed by the increase of hate speech around the globe, the UN Secretary-General launched the UN Strategy and Plan of Action on Hate Speech in 2019, which proposes a holistic approach to identify, address and counter hate speech. However, progress has been slow, despite rising calls for regulations and codes of conduct.
The first panel of the “Decoding Hate Speech” series addresses the complexity of this phenomenon with an informed, nuanced and multi-partied approach to identify and counter hate speech as a potential factor conducive to human rights violations and atrocity crimes.
- Mô Bleeker, Special Envoy for Dealing with the Past and Atrocity Prevention at the Swiss Federal Department of Federal Affairs
- Representative of United Nations Office for Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect
- Katarzyna Gardapkhadze, Officer in Charge, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
- Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire, Founder of the Child Soldiers Initiative and MIGS Distinguished Fellow
August 17, 2020
Kareem Shaheen is a journalist and former The Guardian correspondent for the Middle East. He discussed the current situation in Beyrouth, corruption within the Lebanese government, and the uncertain future Lebanese people face. He also spoke about the situation in Syria and the future of the Middle East.
Kareem Shaheen is a journalist and columnist based in Montreal. He is the former Middle East and Turkey correspondent for The Guardian, and was previously based in Istanbul, Beirut and Abu Dhabi. He was nominated for a Frontline Club Award for print journalism for his coverage of the Khan Sheikhun chemical attack. He holds a master’s degree in war studies from King’s College London.
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
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
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.
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