International Institute for Genocide & Human Rights Studies
(A Division of the Zoryan Institute)

255 Duncan Mill Rd., Suite 310
Toronto, ON
M3B 3H9
Canada
Tel: 1.416.250.9807
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Our Mission

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 prevented.

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.

News


"State Oppression, Violence against Minorities, and the Possibilities for Remedial Secession and Independence" International Conference Held at George Washington University

Posted in Whats New April 15, 2015

Washington, DC—George Washington University Law School and the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) collaborated in organizing an international conference entitled, “State Oppression, Violence against Minorities, and the Possibilities for Remedial Secession and Independence” on April 7 and 8, 2015.

Genocide Studies International New Issue Dedicated to Centenary of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Genocides

Posted in Whats New April 10, 2015

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 9, number 1, Spring 2015. The new issue is dedicated to the Ottoman Genocides of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek peoples, marking the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in April 2015.

State Oppression, Violence against Minorities and the Possibility for Remedial Secession and Independence: An International Conference, Washington, DC, April 7 & 8, 2015

Posted in Whats New March 16, 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

Posted in Whats New February 11, 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

Posted in Whats New February 11, 2015

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.

European Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber hears Perincek v. Switzerland case

Posted in Whats New on January 28, 2015

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

Posted in Whats New on January 28, 2015

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

Posted in Whats New on January 26, 2015

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.

Genocide Studies International Examines the Armenian Genocide, Geopolitics, and Denial.

Posted in Whats New on October 15, 2014

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

Posted in Whats New on September 15, 2014

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."

Announcing a New Journal: Genocide Studies Internationl

Posted in Whats New on March 31, 2014

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 .

Guatemalan Genocide added to GHRUP

Posted in Whats New on March 28, 2014

This year, the Guatemalan genocide has been added to the syllabus of GHRUP.

GHRUP 2013 Press Release

Posted in Whats New on August 28, 2013

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 COC Regarding the Ongoing Crisis in Sudan

Posted in Whats New on July 19, 2013

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

Nuba Mountains Crisis Symposium

Posted in Whats New on January 29, 2013

February 11, 2013 | 6-9 PM |SGM Auditorium | 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston MA| Free Admissio

Asia Minor Catastrophe and the Ottoman Greek Genocide Press Release

Posted in Whats New on January 29, 2013

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.

Genocide & Human Rights University Program Alumni Continue to Grow in 11th Successful Year

Posted in Whats New on August 31, 2012

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.

Genocide & Human Rights University Program, in its 11th year, is now accepting applications!

Please visit www.genocidestudies.org/GHRUP or click on the tab to your left to apply today!

How Will the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Represent Genocide?

Posted in Whats New on March 13, 2012

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.

Genocide is not genocide in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Posted in Whats New on August 23, 2011

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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