Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

Since the outbreak of the armed conflict in Ethiopia in November 2020, millions of people have been internally displaced in Tigray and tens of thousands have crossed the border into neighbouring countries. The war, which pits forces aligned with Ethiopia’s federal government against those affiliated with Tigray’s regional government led by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, has gone largely underreported, despite accusations of war crimes and crimes against humanity by international organization such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

From extrajudicial executions, mass arrests and acts of sexual violence to widespread pillage and looting, Tigrayans are being targeted in a campaign of ethnic cleansing. The war in Ukraine will further exacerbate humanitarian crisis as food insecurity worsen in the Horn of Africa.

The Montreal Institute of Genocide and Human Rights Studies (Concordia University), Security and Justice for Tigrayans Canada (SJT Canada) and World Beyond War are hosting a virtual discussion to shine light on the ongoing crisis occurring in Tigray.

The event will be livestreamed on MIGS' Facebook and YouTube pages. A direct link will be sent to attendees a few days in advance.

Online, 1 June 2022, 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM (EST)

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Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

In this panel discussion by GAAMAC's partner, The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), panelists invite students and other members of the Concordia community and beyond it to better understand the political, economic, and social dimensions of the war and the national and international responses it has provoked.

Join a conversation with historians from Concordia, the University of Victoria, and the New School of Social Research. Their comments will be followed by a discussion amongst panelists and a Q&A session with audience members.

The event will be held online on Wednesday May 11, 1-3 pm EDT. All are welcome!

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Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

AI and Human Rights

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), a partner of GAAMAC, will hold its annual Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Human Rights Forum from 25 to 29 April 2022. 

From surveillance and misinformation to facial recognition and foreign influence, advances in Artificial Intelligence have been rapid, raising questions about potential impacts on the rights of people around the globe. Join the AI and Human Rights Forum to hear from some of the world’s top experts on disinformation, online hate and freedom of speech, authoritarian tech, AI ethics and governance, and global cooperation.The event will be streamed live on YouTube, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

On 29 April at 11AM CEST, GAAMAC Chair and partners will discuss the challenges and possibilities of AI to fight hate speech & propaganda.

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Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) recently published the 2022 Global Terrorism Index (GTI). The GTI is an annual report produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace. Now on its ninth edition, the GTI provides a comprehensive summary of developments in 2021, with a specific focus on the Sahel region, political terrorism, and the impact of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

Speakers will provide 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:

- Honourable Chris Alexander, former Minister of Immigration and Citizenship and Former Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan; Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council; Fellow at the Macdonald Laurier Institute.

- Michael Collins, Executive Director of the Americas, Institute for Economics and Peace.

-Dr. Bessma Momani, Senior fellow, Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI); Interim associate vice-president of interdisciplinary research at the University of Waterloo; political science, university of Waterloo and Balsillie school of international affairs.

- Kyle Matthews, Executive Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.

- Jessica Duque, Outreach and Development Officer, Institute for Economics and Peace.

Online, 8 March at 12 P.M. (EST).

This event will be streamed on our YouTube channel, Twitter, as well as our Facebook page. All who register will receive a link for the livestream prior to the event.

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Organized By : Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) Executive Director Kyle Matthews will interview Kenneth Roth, Executive Director at Human Rights Watch.

Covered Topics :

  • Global overview of the state of human rights
  • Promoting human rights in the foreign policy of states
  • The impact of climate change on human rights
  • Human rights in the post-Covid pandemic economic recovery

Discussion will be in English.

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