This is where we list upcoming events and let you know what we’ve been up to in the past! You can also check out the home page for posts of upcoming and past events. If you would like to get involved with our event planning and fundraising teams, please contact Jessica at If you are part of another human rights group and would like to collaborate with jhr, please contact Asha at


The JHR “Speak!” Newspaper launch party and Poetry Slam

Join us next Wednesday evening for WORDS. In collaboration with STAND McGill (

Grab a JHR Speak! Newspaper, on Religious Rights, Volume 9 Issue 1

When?  L’Escalier

552, rue Sainte-Catherine est

Montreal , QC

Where? Nov 7th, 2012



Rights in Black and White!

Friday, January 20, 10pm

Come out to jhr’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Friday, January 20th at Muzique nightclub (3781 St. Laurent)! This is a formal event – come dressed to impress in your best black and white! Tickets are 7$ and can be purchased in advance by calling/texting Inna at 514-594-2449 or stay tuned for tabling locations next week. Join the facebook event here. Ladies get free drinks before midnight!

JHR General Meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 6pm, Lev Bukhman in SSMU

Everyone is welcome to attend our first general meeting of the year. At this meeting, you will be able to learn more about the individual jhr portfolios and sign up to participate in the upcoming semester. We will also be electing our new VP Events!


JHR McGill and Concordia host DocFest – a Human Rights Film Festival!

Friday, September 30, 6:30pm; Saturday October 1, 2pm, Concordia BMO Amphitheatre (MB 1.210)

Love movies? Interested in human rights? Can’t make it to TIFF this year? Come out to our very own Human Rights Doc Fest, hosted by Journalists for Human Rights McGill!  Featuring award-winning films The Price of Sex, Remembering the Ashes, A Dream Deferred, La Petite Bourgogne, Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, and The Team, each day will end in a Q&A period with filmmakers and specialists!

Tickets will be on sale in SSMU September 22 11am-1pm; September 27 and 29 11:am-3:pm

Tickets $8 for one day, $12 for both

For more information, visit the DocFest website.


Rhythms for Rights Concert at Les 3 Minots!

September 29, 9pm, Les 3 Minots (3812 St. Laurent)

Join us for a night of live entertainment to kick off the third annual Human Rights DocFest!  Performances by Montreal’s Effusion, The Howling Gales, Matt Stern, Toronto’s Small Town Treason and more.

Tickets will be on sale in SSMU September 22 11am-1pm; September 27 and 29 11:am-3:pm

$7 in advance, $10 at the door

Amy Miller & Derek MacCuish speak out on Social Justice Journalism

Friday, November 5th, 7pm, Leacock 219, McGill University

Journalists for Human Rights McGill is proud to collaborate with The McGill Daily’s Student Journalism Week to present a discussion of social justice journalism. See the full details here.


Speak Silence 2010

November 8th-12th: Speak Silence photo exhibit in the MacLennan-Redpath corridor
November 8th: kick off event (check back soon for details)
November 12th: Breaking the Silence potluck and letter-writing party
More details to be confirmed!
Do you value your right to speak out on issues that are important to you? How would you feel if your voice was silenced?


See the details on how to participate and prizes on our Advocacy page.


Check out some pics from jhr McGill Rights in Black & White, Speak Silence, Advocacy Events, and  Train the Trainer conferences below. Do you have pics to add? Email them to!

Justice for the Lubicon Cree: A film screening and discussion of Amnesty International’s “Our Land, My People”

Thursday, October 28 at 6:00pm. Lev Bukhman Room, 2nd floor of SSMU

The Lubicon Cree live in Northern Alberta, where oil and tar sands have been discovered in recent decades. Amnesty International’s film “Our Land, My People” documents the struggle of this First Nation’s People to retain their traditional land, culture and way of life in the face of oil and gas developments.
Journalists for Human Rights is presenting a film screening of “Our Land, My People,” followed by a panel discussion of experts on the issue. Questions and audience participation are welcome. The event will be followed by an informal reception with the speakers. There will also be an opportunity to sign a petition run by Amnesty McGill.


Reporting Back from the Streets of Toronto: A panel discussion on journalism, activism, and human rights during the G20 protests

& launch of Journalists for Human Rights McGill’s “Freedom of Assembly” issue of Speak! magazine

Tuesday, October 19th, 7pm, McConnell Engineering 13, McGill University

Over three months ago, the Toronto G20 Summit ended with the largest mass arrests in Canadian history and reports of human rights violations by police. Journalists played a key role, as some focused on burning cop cars while others ended up in jail or on the wrong end of a police baton. Amidst continued calls for a full public inquiry, the role of journalists, citizen media, and activists in reporting on human rights issues in Canada is up for debate. See more information about this event here.


Train the Trainer Human Rights Conference

Oct 1st-3rd, McGill

This fall’s Train the Trainer conference was a huge success! We kick started the weekend with some essential skills-learning Friday evening, and bonding time at Brutopia afterwards.

After a fun trek to Concordia’s Loyola campus Saturday morning, we spent the day learning about human rights and human rights law, in both Canadian and international contexts. We were also fortunate to have facilitators Laura Bain and Ashley Grzybowski give a presentation about their summer internships in Ghana.
Sunday, we continued our examination of rights media and its importance in development, then got creative and made presentations about JHR and rights media to mock-high school students. We also had McGill’s very own Kallee Lins present on her jhr internship in Ghana.
We had a great turn out, with over 30 people from Carlton University, Concordia University, University of King’s College, Ryerson University, the University of Alberta, and, of course, McGill University. We had some great non-JHR members from McGill, and we hope that they will continue to be involved with our chapter.
Thank you all for a great weekend — and special thanks to Ken Zolotar, Sadia Khan, Ashley Grzybowski, and Laura Bain!

jhr General Meeting & VP Events Election

Sept 21st, 5:30-7, Lev Bukhman Room (2nd floor of SSMU/Shatner)

For new folks interested in getting the overview of what jhr does and how you can get involved, and for folks wanting to get more involved this year!  The execs all got together to be to explain jhr and our media teams.  Each team had their first brainstorming meeting of the year.

We also elected a new VP events! Congrats to Dave Huehn for joining the 2010-2011 exec team!


Rhythms for Rights

Thursday September 23rd
Les Trois Minots, 3812 Boul. Saint Laurent (1 block north of Ave des Pins)

Everyone who came out enjoyed a night of live entertainment featuring Tonal Ecstasy, Barn Owls, Sheila Giffen, Crystal Cadence and McGill Improv.

jhr Human Rights Docfest

July 23rd, 24th, and 25th, Toronto.

Find more info on jhr’s annual film festival here!


SSMU Awards 2010
JHR was shortlisted for Club of the Year for the second year in a row!

While in the end we lost out to Engineers Without Borders, this just goes to show that jhr McGill continues to be a fantastic club punching above its weight! Huge thanks to everyone involved!


jhr McGill Executive Elections 2010

March 25th, 2010

We gathered to elect our 2010-2011 executive. Check out the “Meet the Exec” page to find out more!


Rhythms for Rights at La Sala Rossa

March 16th, 2010

jhr McGill hosted a concert featuring Tonal Ecstasy, McGill’s premiere a cappella choir, bands Clinton Street and Winchester, and dance troupe Inertia! It was an awesome night of musical entertainment in support of jhr McGill’s activities!


Pub Night at Brutopia

March 4th, 2010

jhr McGill held a mixer and fundraiser at Brutopia, a popular pub in Montreal. It was a great opportunity for jhr’s executive to spend time with many of jhr’s fantastic volunteers!


Human Rights Internship Panel

March 3rd, 2010

jhr McGill’s Human Rights Internship Panel was a huge success! Past McGill student interns who travelled abroad during the summer of 2009 came to speak of their experiences, giving tips on how to prepare and what to expect out of a human rights internship.


Speak Silence 2009

November 4th, 2009


jhr McGill Executive Elections

September 29th, 2009

jhr McGill held an election for its two open executive positions, VP Finance and VP Radio. Congratulations and welcome to Marc, our new VP Radio, and Umair, our new VP Finance!


jhr McGill Train-the-Trainer Conference 2009

September 25-27th, 2009

JHR’s third Train-the-Trainer conference at McGill was a huge success! The three-day conference gave students the opportunity to learn more about human rights and media education in order to plan their own workshops and human rights media campaigns. On Friday September 25th, conference participants went to one of three student-led workshops on human rights issues: Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Freedom of Expression and Access to Medicine. Friday’s workshops culminated with a guest lecture by Associate Professor Carrie Rentschler of the Communication Studies Department at McGill.

On Saturday September 26th, the day began with a discussion with the co-founder of Journalists for Human Rights, Ben Peterson. Conference participants learned about the process of starting up an NGO and the challenges and rewards of JHR’s expansion around the world. The rest of the day was dedicated to learning about different human rights legislation in Canada including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We also had a fantastic lunch provided by the Midnight Kitchen! The final activity was planning a workshop proposal to be presented to the rest of the group on Sunday.

On Sunday September 27th, conference participants presented a workshop proposal to the rest of the group on one of the topics discussed in the Friday workshops. Participants also learned about different aspects of human rights media, and did media analysis on existing media campaigns for human rights issues. Participants also analyzed human rights stories from prominent media outlets, and pitched their own ideas for human rights stories using specific media models.

With a core group of dedicated students, the conference ran smoothly and was a great learning experience for both the facilitators and participants. The next phase of the Train-the-Trainer program is for the conference participants to organize a smaller workshop at the high school level using the tools from the conference at McGill. After this phase is completed, the participants will receive full human rights training accreditation from JHR Canada. Thanks to everyone who came to the conference and made it such a great weekend!

If you are interested in organizing a Train-the-Trainer conference at the university or high school level, please email


SSMU Awards 2009
JHR was shortlisted for Club of the Year!

While we ultimately lost out to the McGill Cancer Society, this just goes to show what an amazing year JHR McGill has had. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year so fantastic!

JHR McGill Film Screening
Tuesday March 24, 7-8pm
Lev Bukhman Room (2nd floor of SSMU)
Picking Up the Pieces (7:00pm)
Deadly Catch:  Lake Victoria’s AIDS Crisis (7:30pm)
Snacks will be served.

Picking up the Pieces
Deadly Catch:  Lake Victoria’s AIDS Crisis

JHR Executive Elections
Tuesday March 24th, 8-9pm
Lev Bukhman Room (2nd floor of SSMU)
Thanks to everyone who came out and voted in our annual executive elections! Congratulations to Mary, Manisha, Maggie, and Laura for staying for another year, and welcome and congrats to Sarina, Tyler, Megan, and Kartiga! Thanks to Roshni and Sarah for all their hard work this year – we will miss you!
You can see the profiles of our new executive on the Meet the Exec page.

JHR McGill Pub Night at Brutopia
Brutopia Brew Pub, 1219 Rue Crescent
Thursday March 12th, 10pm-3am
Live Music & Drink Specials

JHR is hosting our annual Brutopia fundraiser this year on March 12th! As other years, with a $5 donation you can enjoy happy hour prices all night long. There will be live music and a great crowd so bring all your friends!

There’s no better way to kick off paper season than with a raspberry blonde (or several…)

Confirm your attendance and invite your friends at

JHR McGill Train-the-Trainer Conference
March 7th & 8th in the SSMU building.

What a busy and inspirational weekend!

On March 7th and 8th the McGill Journalists for Human Rights chapter hosted a Train the Trainer Conference providing training in workshop facilitation, human rights charters, communications strategies, and the power of the media to create social change, drawing on the curriculum developed by JHR and on strengths within the McGill community.

The event garnered a great deal of interest from the student and broader Montreal community, with over 130 applicants for 30 spots. To make the training as accessible as possible, we increased the capacity of the training to 55 students, kept the registration fee to $5, and are committed to holding another training conference in September or September 2009 (also providing opportunities for March participants to complete their accreditation, over two-thirds of whom have committed to being involved). Significant planning went into making the March conference more environmentally friendly: training manuals were printed on recycled paper, composting facilities were provided, and participants were requested to bring their own reusable water bottles and nametags. More details on the two-day conference can be found below:

Saturday, March 7th
Ben Peterson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of JHR, opened the conference at 10a.m. with an inspiring speech and answered questions from participants. Afterwards, the Train the Trainer curriculum began. The participants were divided into groups based on their interests and completed activities focusing on applying human rights media training to these interests, as well as designing media campaigns. A law student gave a presentation on The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as many other legal documents. The day wrapped up around 5:30p.m.

Sunday, March 8th
Sunday began at 10a.m. and the day’s activities focused on continuing to create media campaigns in interest groups. The groups were further divided based on even more specific interests and these smaller groups presented their ideas for an effective human rights media campaign to the larger ones.
The day ended around 1p.m.

We had a great time organizing the conference and can’t wait until the next one on September 25th, 26th and 27th!


Rights in Black and White – Friday January 23rd, 2009.

This was a fantastic event! We raised $1590 – pretty impressive since we were competing with Watercan’s White Party! This event should be back next year for sure.

Rights in Black & White

Altitude Club 737

Dress up in your classiest black and white attire and join us for the fanciest night of the year!
All proceeds go towards Journalists for Human Rights. By mobilizing the media to spread human rights awareness, JHR informs people about human rights, empowering marginalized communities to stand up, speak out and protect themselves.



Tickets: $10 or $15 at the door.
For tickets call:


Tickets go on sale THURSDAY, JAN 15th.


Let us know you’re coming at


On November 13th, JHR McGill Takes Speak Silence to the Streets!

SPEAK SILENCE challenges people to a vow of silence in recognition of victims of human rights abusesaround the world.

On November 13, from 11am to 4pm, join together with JHR McGill to create soundless, yet resounding support to raise funds and help promote awareness about human rights abuses.

SPEAK SILENCE brings JHR members and supporters together to experience what it is like not to have a voice. For five hours of collective action, SPEAK SILENCE participants act in solidarity with those around the world who are silenced by human rights abuses.

JHR Train-the-Trainer
Sept 19th-21st, 2008
McGill University

Students from Journalists for Human Rights University Chapters at Carleton (Ottawa), Queen’s (Kingston), King’s College (Halifax), University of Alberta (Edmonton), UQAM (Montreal), and McGill (Montreal) gathered on McGill campus for the three-day, Train-the-Trainer conference presented by JHR staff, Carissa MacLennan and Bill Killorn. Education in workshop facilitation, human rights charters, and how the power of media brings about change prepared the participants to teach the skills they learned to others. These students will now lead other training sessions for people who wish to present workshops concerning human rights and the media.

Train-the-Trainer conferences develop many skills, including: resolving group conflict; building consensus; facilitating participatory learning; interpreting the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  They furthermore teach students how to apply these documents to human rights violations in the Canadian context.  The sessions also provide training in conducting effective media campaigns (e.g. writing press releases, targeting an audience, etc.); analyzing human rights reporting; and facilitating action planning.

Participants and members of the Montreal community gathered on the first evening of the weekend to hear JHR’s Executive Director, Ben Peterson, speak about how the organization was founded, its mandate, his experiences witnessing the power of journalism in Africa, and the importance of young people following their passions to improve the world. Ben speaks from experience – he was only 24 when he co-founded JHR six years ago!

If you are interested in participating in future training sessions at McGill, please email Or, if you would like information about upcoming Train-the-Trainer conferences at other universities, please contact Bill Killorn, the University Chapter Program Coordinator, at Lastly, for general information about JHR, you can always check out



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