Can words heal? The role of the media in halting mass atrocities

October 19, 2011

Montreal, October 19, 2011 - The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University, invites members of the media to The Promise of the Media in Halting Mass Atrocities, a public policy conference being held on October 20 and 21 in Montreal to mark the tenth anniversary of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

R2P is the historic commitment made by all 192 countries seated at the UN to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

The two-day gathering of politicians, journalists, social media experts and leaders of non-governmental organizations will provide a forum to debate the role of media in alerting the public and political leaders to situations of grave human rights abuses.

Through this conference, MIGS hopes to further discussion on the challenges of crisis reporting. The importance of social media as a key platform for reporting on humanitarian crises, as illustrated through recent events such as the "Arab Spring", will also be examined.

Participants include: The Promise of the Media in Halting Mass Atrocities: A Conference to Mark the 10th Anniversary of the Responsibility to ProtectTo register for the conference: https://web2.concordia.ca/studentaccounts/events/migs/

Full conference program: http://www.migsr2pconference.com/programs
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For media accreditation, please contact:
Fiona Downey
Telephone: 514-848-2424, ext. 2518
Cell phone: 514-518-3336
Email: Fiona.Downey@concordia.ca
Web: www.concordia.ca
Twitter: www.twitter.com/concordia
Concordia news: www.concordia.ca/now

Concordia University

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