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Newsletter - April 2019

April 1, 2019
Source: MIGS


  • On 26 March, MIGS hosted Uyghur politician and human rights activist Dolkun Isa. MIGS came under considerable pressure from the Chinese consulate in Montreal to cancel the event, which drew significant media attention. The story was first covered by La Presse, then by Radio-Canada International (RCI) and the CBC, followed by the National Post, Radio Canada international, the Calgary Herald, the Ottawa Citizen,  the Montreal Gazette, CBC news, CJAD 800, and Phil Gurski.
  • Save the Date 2-3 June: MIGS, in partnership with Amnesty International Canada francophone, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and the Armenian National Committee of Québec, will convene the #RightsCity initiative. The public conference to be held at Concordia University on June 3rd will include speakers Roméo Dallaire, Irwin Cotler, ambassador Jeremy Kinsman and human rights activist Shaparak Shajarizadeh.
  • MIGS is happy to welcome a new fellow: Joe Landry, Senior Analyst for the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program at Global Affairs Canada.
  • On April 7th, MIGS co-founder Frank Chalk will attend the commemoration for the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide in Kigali

Upcoming Events

April 3

  • MIGS will be hosting the rescheduled event: “Old Hatreds in a New World: A Panel Discussion on Online Antisemitism” with guest speakers Steve McDonald the director of policy and strategic communications for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Alyssa Blanc (CIJA) and James Rubec the product manager at Cision Canada. Registration is mandatory, and can be found here.
  • MIGS is partnering with Human Rights Watch for the screening of “The Silence of Others” at the Toronto International Film Festival.

April 5

  • MIGS will convene the Human Rights and Artificial Intelligence Forum at Concordia University’s new 4TH SPACE. Confirmed speakers include Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini (Italy Digital Agency), Tanya O’Carroll (Amnesty International), Alexander Görlach (Carnegie Council), Tara Denham (Global Affairs Canada), Abhishek Gupta (Montreal AI Ethics Institute), Erin Hunt (Mines Action Canada) and Zach Devereaux (Nexalogy). Registration is mandatory click here

April 7-8

  • In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, MIGS will co-organize two activities in collaboration with PAGE Rwanda and other partners. On April 7th, an official ceremony will take place in Montreal at Marché Bonsecours. On April 8th, MIGS will co-organize a conference at the Canadian parliament titled “25 years after the last genocide of the 20th century: What have we learned.”

Recent events

March 18-19

  • MIGS hosted a 2-day event on the fight to implement equitable peace in Colombia. Cinema Politica screened the 2018 documentary They’re Killing Us, which was followed by a workshop at MIGS with frontline human rights defender Héctor Marino Carabalí Charrupi and filmmakers Emily Wright, Tom Laffay, and Daniel Bustos.

March 21

  • MIGS fellow Andrei Serbin Pont spoke at a panel discussion on the responsibility to protect in the Americas. The event was organized thanks to the partnership between the Organization of American States and the Stanley Foundation.

March 25

  • In partnership with Global Affairs Canada, MIGS delivered a one-day training course on social media and public diplomacy for Canadian diplomats in Ottawa.

March 28

  • MIGS hosted a discussion with Colonel McKenna, former commander of the Canadian Task Force in Mali who was in charge of overseeing Operation Presence


March 21

In the media

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March 15

  • MIGS digital fellow Humera Khan spoke to PBS journalist Judy Woodruff to discuss the “broader social movement” represented by New Zealand mosque killer. 

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March 21

  • Ahead of the International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims, MIGS digital fellow Ewelina U. Ochab addresses the issue of forced organ removal in China in a Forbes article.

March 23

  • MIGS digital fellow Ewelina U. Ochab writes for Forbes to remember the transatlantic slave trade and highlight several examples of what she calls’ modern-day slavery.

March 25

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March 28

  • Kyle Matthews, executive director of MIGS was interviewed for a piece in the Kingston Whig Standard about the need to prosecute ISIS for crimes against humanity

March 29

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