(A Division of the Zoryan Institute)
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The study of
genocide, a gross violation of human rights, can help us understand the
conditions under which genocide, and other acts of mass violence, are
likely to take place; it can help identify the warning signs of
impending violence; and it can suggest ways in which genocide may be
In this respect, the Institute is engaged in research, publication and education in the field. This is achieved through comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of such cases as the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, Cambodia and Rwanda, among others. We strive to show through a comparative approach that genocide is a shared human experience and, as such, must be the concern of all individuals and institutions.
State Oppression, Violence against Minorities and the Possibility for Remedial Secession and Independence: An International Conference, Washington, DC, April 7 & 8, 2015
The George Washington University Law School and the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights are co-organizing a major symposium. The conference will explore issues surrounding the inherent conflict between two UN principles - the territorial integrity of states and the right of self-determination of peoples - through the prism of a third UN principle, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Conference Announcement: World War I and the Non-Turkish Minorities in the Ottoman Empire: Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks. New York, NY, May 21-22, 2015
The Middle East and Middle Eastern Armerican Center (Graduate Center, City University of New York), the Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center, and the Zoryan Institute are organizing a conference on World War I and non-Turkish minorities. This is a major scholarly event with presenations by US-based and international academics.
International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies' President sets record straight on Turkey's treatment of Jews
Toronto - On January 27, 2015, a Holocaust commemoration was organized in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, a country that officially recognizes the Armenian Genocide. There, the Turkish Ambassador was one of the keynote speakers.
Strasbourg, France—The European Court of Human Rights held a Grand Chamber hearing today, Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 9.15 a.m. in Strasbourg, France on the case of Perinçek v. Switzerland (application no. 27510/08). The case concerns the criminal conviction of Turkish politician Dogu Perinçek for publicly denying the Armenian Genocide while in Switzerland.
Dr. Payam Akhavan explains the role of Turkish government in Perincek v. Switzerland case at the European Court of Human Rights on Civilnet
Dr. Payam Akhavan is a Professor of International Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.
The Human Rights Association and the Centre for Truth, Justice, Memory to become intervening party in the Perincek case
On January 28, 2015, the lawsuit Dogu Perincek v. Switzerland will begin retrial in the Grand Chamber, which acts in the capacity of court of appeals for the European Court of Human Rights.
Toronto - The International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) is pleased to announce the release of Genocide Studies International Volume 8, number 2, Fall 2014.
Zoryan Institute Call for Papers: WWI and the Non-Turkish Minorities in the Ottoman Empire: Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks
Toronto - The Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (Graduate Center, City University of New York), the Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center, and the Zoryan Institute invite submissions of manuscript abstracts for an upcoming conference entitled "World War I and the Non-Turkish Minorities in the Ottoman Empire: Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks."
Toronto - The Zoryan Institute and its division, the International Insistute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, are introducing Genocide Studies International, the continuation of publishing efforts by the IIGHRS and the University of Toronto Press ince 2006 .
This year, the Guatemalan genocide has been added to the syllabus of GHRUP.
Toronto – The running of the twelfth annual Genocide & Human Rights University Program (“GHRUP”) couldn’t have been timelier considering the atrocities and human rights violations currently taking place in Syria, Egypt, and several countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Petition Calling on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience to Formally and Publicly Urge the International Community to Take Specific Action Vis-à-vis the Ongoing Crises in Sudan
February 11, 2013 | 6-9 PM |SGM Auditorium | 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA| Free Admissio
The Asia Minor Catastrophe and the Ottoman Greek Genocide: Essays on Asia Minor, Pontos, and Eastern Thrace, 1913–1923 edited by George N. Shirinian, Executive Director of the Zoryan Institute, is a compilation of innovative papers given by distinguished scholars at two academic conferences organized by the Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center in Chicago.
Toronto, Canada&mdashThe International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) concluded its 11th successful year of growth in the Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP). To date, some 300 students from 22 countries have participated in the renowned program, which is run in partnership with the University of Toronto.
Please visit www.genocidestudies.org/GHRUP or click on the tab to your left to apply today!
The International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) was invited to a public gathering in Winnipeg by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in April 2003, after an initial meeting with Gail Asper in Toronto. As a Canadian institution, we lent our name publicly in support of the CMHR at an early stage. Our early enthusiasm diminished over time, owing to the politics surrounding the museum.
An article titled, “Memory becomes a minefield at Canada’s Museum for Human Rights,” by Ira Basen in the August 20, 2011 issue of the Globe and Mail, provides an exposé of the controversy surrounding the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The appearance of this article calls for reflection on two critical factors regarding the museum, which have not been adequately discussed: the important relationship between human rights and genocide, and the requirement of federal institutions to adhere to Canada’s official policy of multiculturalism.
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