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Newsletter - June 2019

June 10, 2019
Source: MIGS


  • On June 3, MIGS hosted the #RightsCity conference at Concordia University. This year’s event included esteemed speakers such as Adama Dieng (Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide) and General-Lt. Romeo Dallaire (MIGS Senior Fellow). Discussions centered on the fight against mass atrocities, human rights violations in China, the silencing of journalists, political prisoners, threats to human rights in Cameroon, and Canada’s historic role in defending these issues. The event was livestreamed by CPAC and the link to watch it will be available soon. Pictures are available on MIGS’ Facebook page. Finally, a series of podcasts featuring ten of our speakers will be released shortly.
  • Following the Human Rights and Artificial Intelligence Forum, MIGS released a podcast on how the emergence of new AI technology will impact human rights.
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Upcoming Events

June 13

  • In commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide, and the morning period known as Kwibuka, Frank Chalk will be speaking at a conference titled, “Justice and Memory” in Ottawa. The event will take place on June 13 at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel (Adam Room), from 2-6 pm.

June 20-28

  • MIGS is sponsoring, “An Image for Justice,” a global cartoon contest on the theme of Genocide, Truth, and Reconciliation. The launch will take place at Cafe Aunja and you can register for free here. Original Cartoons from Canada, Syria, Brazil, China, Serbia, Austria and Iran will be showcased. If you can’t make it to the launch, the cartoons will be on exhibition in the MIGS boardroom from June 25 to 28.



Recent events


May 3

●     MIGS Digital Fellow Dr. Joana Cook gave a talk at TEDxLondonBusinessSchool 2019 titled, “A Woman’s Place in Security.”

May 21

●     Joana Cook gave a talk on women in violent extremism at the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group discussing the present situation of the women of ISIS.

May 23

●     MIGS Fellow Fannie Lafontaine participated in a conference at the Montreal launch of Louise Arbour’s book “Doing Peace the Rights Way.”

May 27

●     MIGS Digital Fellow Phil Gurski delivered a talk titled, “An End to the War on Terrorism” at the Ottawa Shenkman Arts Centre.

●     Fannie Lafontaine moderated a panel discussion in Geneva with Louise Arbour titled, “An evening with Louise Arbour - The Rule of law in the Face of Contemporary Human Rights Challenges”.


May 2


●     MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews participated in a press conference at Parliament Hill alongside Senator Marilou McPhedran, Senator Salma Ataullahjan, Fareed Khan of the Rohingya Human Rights Network, and Rachel Vincent of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. They discussed a motion calling for Canada to invoke the UN genocide convention against Myanmar for its persecution of Rohingya Muslims. Watch the clip here.

May 7

●     Marie Lamensch and MIGS Fellow Dr. Fannie Lafontaine joined a group of 101 experts, including 15 members of the Canadian Partnership for International Justice, in signing an open letter to the Senate supporting Bill C-262. The bill aims to ensure that Canadian laws align with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

May 23

●     In light of the alarming military escalation in northwestern Syria, MIGS issued a press statement in partnership with Crisis Action and 42 other NGOs. The press statement called for an immediate end to attacks against civilians and Hospitals in Idlib province.

June 6

●     MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews participated in the conference titled, “Confronting Atrocities in China: The Global Response to the Uyghur Crisis” in Washington D.C.


In the media


  • In the lead up to the #RightsCity conference, MIGS collaborated with to release an article titled, “Five human rights issues that need urgent attention in 2019.” The piece featured contributions from MIGS Director Kyle Mathews, Canadian Human Rights lawyer Pearl Eliadis, Canadian Lawyer Arthur Graham, President of Freedom House Michael Abramowitz, and former Canadian ambassador Jeremy Kinsman.  

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  • MIGS Youth Fellow Alexandrine Royer was interviewed by CBC news to discuss China’s use of AI technology to spy on its citizens.

May 22

  • Kyle Matthews appeared on the Global News Radio’s “The Morning Show” to discuss the weaponization of Artificial Intelligence in China. Listen to it here.  

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