#RightsCity is Canada's premier conference at the intersection of human rights and technology. This event is organized in partnership with the Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights, the Department of National Defense, the UOttawa Human Rights Research and Education Center, the Embassy of the Netherlands, GAAMAC, the US Embassy, and under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Now in its third year, this event will be held online in light of the pandemic.
This event will take place over four days and will feature keynote addresses and panel discussions from leading global experts working at the intersection of technology and human rights.
Panels will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook. To register and learn more, follow this link.
This event brings together experts to discuss, reflect, and review current thinking on atrocity prevention approaches. Furthermore, the panelists will explore ways to strengthen global action, spur new collaborations, improve our understanding and complement ongoing global efforts on addressing atrocity prevention.
Thu, May 13, 2021 |11 am ET - 5 PM CEST
Alice Nderitu, UN Secretary General's Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide
Lt-General Roméo Dallaire, former Canadian Senator, MIGS Distinguished Senior Fellow.
David Donat Cattin, Secretary-General, Parliamentarians for Global Action
Kyle Matthews, Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (moderator)
In recent years, hate-fuelled 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.
Countering hate speech is a major national and international policy challenge. The first panel of the “Decoding Hate Speech” series will address 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.
Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire | Founder of the Child Soldiers Initiative and MIGS Distinguished Fellow
Katarzyna Gardapkhadze | Officer in Charge, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Castro Wesamba, Chief of Office, United Nations Office for Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect
The session will be moderated by Mô Bleeker, Special Envoy for Dealing with the Past and Atrocity Prevention, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and GAAMAC Chair.
Nicolette Waldman, Amnesty International. Nicolette will speak on a recently released report for Amnesty International centering the challenges and risks faced by Yazidi child survivors of ISIS captivity.
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#RightsCity is a global initiative that brings together inspiring leaders with the goal to provide insights into pressing human rights issues.
This large-scale event will include discussions on atrocity prevention, and will feature presentations from Mr. Adama Dieng (United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide), Mr. Romeo Dallaire (Canadian retired Lieutenant-General and Senator, humanitarian advocate, founder of the Child Soldiers Initiative and MIGS Distinguished Senior Fellow) and Ms. Jennifer Welsh (Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security at McGilll University, former United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect).
Find out more about the program and registration here.