Recent News

September 18

An important NGO in the Balkans called "REKOM" (The Regional Commission for Determining Facts about War Crimes and Other Serious Human Rights Violations on the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia from 1991-2001) has cited the research of MIGS' Assistant Director Prof. Max Bergholz in its most recent official statement issued on August 30, 2014 to commemorate the International Day of Missing Persons.  This NGO has members from all of the countries of the Former Yugoslavia.

The quotation is from a research article that Prof. Bergholz published in 2010 on the dynamics of silence after intercommunal killing in Bosnia, which was translated into Bosnian in 2012 with the assistance of an Aid to Research-Related Events (ARRE) grant from Concordia University.  

The citation of this scholarly article by an important NGO, and its discussion by mainstream media in the Balkans (see below), represents the kind of synergy between academic research and NGO-advocacy work that MIGS seeks to foster. 

For the English version of the statement, please see:

For references to the statement in the media, please see:


September 17

Ahead of MIGS’ Raoul Wallenberg events across North America, Assistant to the Director Marie Lamensch published a article in the Huffington Post Quebec titled “Raoul Wallenberg: l'héritage d'un héros”

September 14

Max Bergholz: “‘As If Nothing Ever Happened:’ Massacres, Missing Corpses, and Silence in a Bosnian Community.” In Élisabett Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus, eds., Destruction and Human Remains. Disposal and Concealment in Genocide and Mass Violence.

September 3

Kyle Matthews appeared on the CJAD Barry Morgan Show “Why ISIS is the greatest threat to global stability”

Also on CBC Ontario Morning (sept 4)

September 2

Kyle Matthews wrote an article titled “Stop Islamic State now, before it’s too late” - The Gazette

August 22

Kyle Matthews appeared on CTV National News to discuss the Islamic State and the human rights crisis in Syria and Iraq. Watch “Carving out a Caliphate”.

The Canadian International Council published a blog by Kyle Matthews titled “Digging for Truth in Guatemala” which featured photos from a recent trip to the country.

August 21

Kyle Matthews sat down with Mutsumi Takahashi at CTV Montreal to discuss the rise of the Islamic State and what can be done to protect civilians.

August 12

Kyle Matthews sat down with Global TV Montréal to discuss the threat posed by the Islamic State and the atrocities committed against minorities in Iraq. Watch Kyle’s interview with Camille Ross.

July 5

Watch MIGS' interview with Andrei Serbin Pont, International analyst and Research Coordinator at CRIES.

July 4

Kyle Matthews participated in the Transatlantic Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect, an initiative co-organized by MIGS and the Hague Institute for Global Justice. Read this short report.

Roméo Dallaire's presentation at the Professional Training Program on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities: Watch it here.

July 2

Kyle Matthews attended the Transatlantic Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect, co-organized by MIGS and The Hague Institute for Global Justice. Kyle recorded two interviews:  1) Responsibility to Protect: mobilizing political will, and 2) “R2P in Libya, why not in Syria?”. The next dialogue is planned for 3 December in Ottawa, Canada.

June 30

“World War I Conference in Sarajevo Produced No ‘Ethnic Firestorm.” Max Bergholz, MIGS’ assistant director, and Edin Hajdarpasic

"Et si c'était votre enfant qui devait se rendre dans un camp de réfugiés?" Marie Lamensch, Assistant to the Director

June 25

Kyle Matthews gave an interview to CTV Montreal. He discusses the ISIS, Iraq and Syria. Watch it here.

June 20

Kyle Matthews spoke about Refugee Day and MIGS’ Professional Training Program on Mass Atrocity Prevention. Watch the Global TV News interview

May 28

MIGS' Statement on the Resignation of Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire from the Senate of Canada

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) thanks Lieutenant-General Dallaire for his public service as a Canadian Senator, and for the many genocide-prevention initiatives he championed while in office. During his time as a Senator, Lieutenant-General Dallaire served as Chair of the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs and founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes against Humanity.

Lieutenant-General Dallaire will continue his advocacy and leadership as the Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University – a position he has held since September 2006. MIGS’ conducts research to uncover the underlying causes of genocide and mass atrocity and proposes concrete policy recommendations to prevent such conflict. As its Distinguished Senior Fellow, Lieutenant-General Dallaire brings his expertise and passion to MIGS’ endeavors. He serves as the Co-Director of the Will to Intervene (W2I) project, which produced a leadership and action plan to help the governments of Canada and the United States prevent mass atrocities. Lieutenant-General Dallaire will be presenting a keynote address at MIGS’ Professional Training Program for the Prevention of Mass Atrocity Crimes at Concordia University in June.

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies congratulates Lieutenant-General Dallaire on his many accomplishments as a member of the Senate, and looks forward to his future successes and ongoing collaboration with MIGS.

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