Montreal hosts RightsCity on June 3. In advance of the conference, participants share their views on the current gaps when it comes to addressing human rights.
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Executive Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
Kyle Matthews is the executive director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University and a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. At Concordia he founded the Digital Mass Atrocity Preventing Lab to counter online extremism and study how social media platforms are being used as a weapon of war. He previously worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, where he was posted to the Southern Caucasus (Tbilisi), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa) and Switzerland (Geneva). He is a member of the University Club of Montreal, the Montreal Press Club, the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations and the Federal Idea, a think tank devoted to federalism.
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In the wake of last weekend's military action in Syria, Kyle Matthews warns that without prudent next steps, a more dangerous war pitting the US and its allies against Russia and Iran may be ahead.
With a global power vacuum, middle powers like Canada and Mexico need to boost their support of, and cooperation on, anti-atrocity initiatives.
Canada’s responsibility to protect Yazidis in Iraq should extend beyond resettlement to the creation of “safe zones” in the region, argue Kyle Matthews and Silke Melbye-Hansen.
Even before the attempted coup against the Erdogan government in July, Turkey’s policies towards Syria, ISIS and its own citizens have been putting it at odds with its Western allies. Is an end to this alliance inevitable?
As the Islamic State harnesses the power of the Internet, jihad has become ‘do it yourself.’ To counter the threat of lone wolf attackers far from Iraq and Syria, governments need to take action to simultaneously disrupt ISIS’ online communications and get to the root of the problem at hand: ideology.
If the Brussels attacks are shocking, other ISIS crimes should incite an even bigger reaction, including real talk in Canada's House of Commons, argue Kyle Matthews and Riley Healey.
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