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Men and women walk towards Goma from Sake, where residents still report hearing fighting in the hills around  © Jessica Hatcher/IRIN

About The Humanitarian Twitterati 


“Now, in a matter of seconds, a person halfway across the globe can upload a picture documenting a mass atrocity crime and send it like a missile through cyberspace via Twitter directly to the White House, the Prime Minister’s Office or to CNN or the BBC.”


 Kyle Matthews  



Welcome to the world's first comprehensive list of the most active humanitarians on Twitter. Understanding that the digital media revolution has transformed how we gather and share information to prevent and combat atrocity crimes,

the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies has mined the twitterverse to compile a global list of who’s who in raising awareness online to protect vulnerable populations. With the humanitarian community now being empowered by Twitter, Foreign Policy magazine's annual FP Twitterati 100 and the Canadian International Councils annual #cdnfp Twitterati have both contributed as inspiration to the global Humanitarian Twitterati. 


Meet the citizens and organizations who embody the best of humanity and who are driving the discussions online with regards to the UN-endorsed principle known as the Responsibility to Protect. In what is set to become an annual exercise, the 2014 list is broken down into five sections: political leaders and opinion-shapers; organizations and initiatives; diplomats and ambassadors; journalists and media professionals; and academics and civil society leaders.


You can now join in the conversation with #humanitariantwitterati and follow all of those who make up the digital community of commitment to prevent and respond to human suffering.

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