Concordia-based human rights initiative gains momentum
MONTREAL, May 10, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Toronto takes up the challenge of Concordia University's Will to Intervene Project (W2I) as Mayor Rob Ford proclaims today "Will to Intervene" Day in the city.
Toronto is in good company. The President of the United States, Barack Obama, recently outlined his intent to better prevent and respond to mass atrocity crimes and make "never again" a reality. The U.S. government has already introduced policy changes based on recommendations formulated by the W2I Project.
As Canada's largest and most multicultural city, Toronto has been affected by social unrest prompted by violations of human rights abroad. This happened most strikingly in March 2009, when more than 120,000 members of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora paralyzed downtown Toronto and shut down the Gardiner Expressway in protest against ongoing violence in their native country.
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Senior Deputy Director, MIGS Concordia University