Building A Network with an Eye on Ukraine - Bureau de la Fondation au Canada
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Inaugural meeting of The Global Parliamentary Alliance Against Atrocity Crimes
About this event
On Tuesday 19 July 2022, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies is hosting the inaugural meeting of The Global Parliamentary Alliance Against Atrocity Crimes (GPAAAC), a project created by MIGS in partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Canada. GPAAAC’s goal is to form an international network of experts to explore how parliamentarians can better prevent and respond to mass atrocity crimes while defending and strengthening democracy and the liberal order.
This first meeting will bring together a minimum of 30 civil society experts and parliamentarians from the European Union, Germany and Canada to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the current thinking on atrocity prevention approaches. We will have a combination of five experts and MPS to give testimonies and begin the meeting.
9:30 - 9:40 am Welcome message from Kyle Matthews (Executive Director of MIGS) and Dr. Norbert Eschborn (Representative for Canada at Konrad Adenauer Stiftung)
9:40 - 10:05 am Opening remarks by distinguished guests/experts
Russia’s Breaches of the Genocide Convention in Ukraine - Irwin Cotler ( Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights, Former Canadian Minister of Justice)
Overview of Atrocity Crimes in Ukraine - Ewelina Ochab (MIGS fellow, IBAHRI programme lawyer and co-founder of the Coalition for Genocide Response)
The role of parliamentarians in stopping atrocity crimes in Ukraine - Ali Ehsassi (Member of the House of Commons of Canada, Liberal Party)
Uncovering Russia human rights violations and war crimes in Ukraine - Lotte Leicht (Council Chairwoman, ECCHR, and former European Union Director and Director of Human Rights Watch's Brussels Office).
10:05 -10:30 am Group Discussion and Information Exchange for MPs
10:30 - 10:35 am The role of parliamentarians in stopping atrocity crimes in Ukraine - Samuel Cogolati (Member of the Chamber of Representatives, Green Party/Ecolo, Belgium)
10:35 -11:00 am Discussion, closing remarks, and identifying next steps