W2I Project's April Newsletter

Upcoming events

23 April - National Day of Remembrance and Action against Mass Atrocities - Commemorating the Rwandan Genocide

18-20 June - Professional Training Program on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities

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News Updates

April 10

"Conflict Minerals in the DRC: Why Western legislation isn't the only Answer", Marie Lamensch, opencanada.org

Marie Lamensch gave an interview to Radio-Canada in a special segment on the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide

April 8

"Peacekeeping does not have to wait", Senior Distinguished Fellow Roméo Dallaire, opencanada.org

April 7

MIGS' Statement on 20th Anniversary of Rwanda Genocide

"Heeding the lessons of the Rwandan Genocide" Kyle Matthews, opencanada.org

April 3

Kyle Matthews speaks about the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, CBC Homerun.

March 23

"The Very Real Prospect of Genocide in Burma" - Roméo Dallaire, The Global Brief.

March 22

"Birmanie: les Rohingya ont le droit à notre attention" - Marie Lamensch, Huffington Post Quebec

March 21

"Concordia's genocide research a force in Ottawa" - Concordia University Alumni

"Dallaire: Canada must act in Central African Republic to avoid another Rwanda" - TheStar.com

MIGS gratefully acknowledges the support of : Concordia University, Mr James Stanford, The Simons Foundation, The Dym Family Foundation, Mr Bram Steinberg, the Tauben Foundation, Ms Annie Tobias




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Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab




2014 Professional Training Program on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities

18-20 June 2014

MIGS will be organizing a two-and-a-half-day professional training program on the prevention mass atrocities.

More information on official website


As Canada’s leading research and advocacy Institute for genocide and mass atrocity crimes prevention, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) conducts in-depth scholarly research and proposes concrete policy recommendations to resolve conflicts before they degenerate into mass atrocity crimes. MIGS has achieved national and international recognition for its national interest approach to the prevention of genocide and mass atrocity crimes from policymakers, academics, leading research institutes, and the media. Today, MIGS is Canada’s leading voice and international partner on Responsibility to Protect issues.

MIGS’ Mission

  • Develop major research programs focusing on the prevention and punishment of genocide and other mass atrocity crimes.
  • Collect and disseminate research results to specialist professionals and to the wider public.
  • Create and advocate for innovative public policies to prevent future mass atrocities.
  • Educate students, academics, journalists, government officials, civil society groups, and the wider public on threats to the national interest arising from genocide and mass atrocity crimes.
  • Provide  professional training and build mass atrocity awareness and prevention capacity of international and national leaders in key fields
  • Develop and foster fruitful relationships and networks at the local, national and international levels by working in collaboration with leading organisations, institutions and research institutes.



We are often able to use additional interns as new projects develop and as the Media Monitoring and the Will to Intervene Projects evolve. If you would like to intern, please send your c.v., a cover letter and a writing sample to Marie Lamensch at: migs@concordia.ca

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Montreal Institute For Genocide and Human Rights Studies
Concordia University
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1M8 Canada
Tel.: (514) 848-2424 ext 5729 or 2404
Fax: (514) 848-4538