Newsletter - August 2020
MIGS, in partnership with Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes, will be hosting a virtual series titled “Decoding Hate Speech”. Register for the first event on 1 September featuring Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire (Founder of the Child Soldiers Initiative and MIGS Distinguished Fellow), Mô Bleeker (Special Envoy for Dealing with the Past and Atrocity Prevention at the Swiss Federal Department of Federal Affairs), and Katarzyna Gardapkhadze (Officer in Charge, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights).
MIGS recently joined the Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region, a coalition of civil society organisations and trade unions, united to end state-sponsored forced labour and other egregious human rights abuses against people from the Uyghur Region in China. The call was covered by various news outlets, including by The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Vox, the International Business Times, and the Bangkok Post.
On 31 July, MIGS, in partnership with Yazda, hosted a panel discussion to mark the 6th anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide. The event featured Ahmed Shaheed (UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief), Natia Navrouzov (Yazda), Hala Safil (Yazidi Survivor Network) and Nicolette Waldman (Amnesty International). The video of the discussion can be found on MIGS’ YouTube channel and as a podcast episode.
On 30 July, Kyle Matthews participated in an online discussion hosted by the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention and the Environment & Development Resource Centre titled "Towards a Multipolar Task Force to Prevent Mass Atrocities."
MIGS joined over 70 human rights organization in signing an open letter to US, British and American officials calling for these three countries to coordinate their efforts in using targeted sanctions against Chinese officials responsible for the persecution of the Uighurs.
In commemoration of the Assyrian Genocide, MIGS co-signed a statement calling on Iraq to recognize the Simele Massacre and take urgent steps to investigate suspected mass grave sites related to the massacre.
In the media
MIGS’ Project Coordinator Marie Lamensch wrote three articles in the Canadian Encyclopedia: Canada and Responsibility to Protect; Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy; and The Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations.
MIGS’s Digital Fellow Dr. Joana Cook spoke about a gender approach to women’s role in the online extremist sphere on Tech Against Terrorism’s new podcast.
MIGS Fellow Mark Kersten published a new blog post titled “Voices for International Justice, a Video Gallery for International Justice Day.”
Marie Lamensch was quoted in a Libération article titled « Ouïghours : l’entrave aux naissances, un critère de génocide. »
MIGS Digital Fellow Phil Gurski published a new blog post titled “A rare insight into Canada’s most secretive spy agency.”
Marie Lamensch was quoted in a La Presse article titled “Soudan: la CPI pourra-t-elle juger l’ex-dictateur Omar el-Béchir?“
MIGS’s Digital Fellow Marc Andre Argentino was quoted in a EuroNews article titled “QAnon: Twitter bans 7,000 accounts linked to conspiracy theory group.”
Media wrote a profile of MIGS’s Digital Fellow Anne Speckhard in an article titled “Dr. Anne Speckhard, the Woman Who Faces Down Terrorists.”
MIGS Fellow Ewelina Ochab published an article in Forbes titled “A Human Rights Body Calls Upon States To Take Legal Actions Against China For Its Atrocities Against Uighur Muslims.”
MIGS Fellow Naomi Kikoler was quoted in article published on Vox titled “Concentration camps and forced labor: China’s repression of the Uighurs, explained.”
Marc Andre Argentino and his colleague Amarnath Amarasigam published an article titled “The QAnon Conspiracy Theory: A Security Threat in the Making?” in the CT Sentinel Journal. Marc Andre also spoke about QAnon in Canada on the podcast Canadaland.
MIGS Fellow Mark Kersten wrote a new post on his blog Justice in Conflict titled “This is a Circus” – Technical Difficulties Undermine ICC Prosecutor Interviews”
MIGS Fellow Ewelina Ochab published an article in Forbes titled “The Chinese Communist Party’s Fall From Grace Over Mass Atrocities In Xinjiang.”
MIGS Youth Fellow Emmanuelle Fahey published an article in The Hill Times titled “COVID-19: once again, Indigenous communities are failed by North American governments.”
MIGS Fellow Ewelina Ochab published an article in Forbes titled “Six Years Ago They Came To Destroy But Faced No Legal Consequences.”
MIGS’ Digital Fellow Anne Speckhard published an article on the blog Modern Diplomacy titled “ISIS and the Militant Jihad on Instagram.”
MIGS Digital Fellow Marc-André Argentino was quoted in a Vice article titled “Terrorism Experts Say QAnon Conspiracy Theory a Threat to National Security.”
Anne Speckhard was quoted in a Voice of America article titled “US Action Against IS Financier Shows Jihadists’ Cash Flow Continues from Turkey.”
MIGS Digital Fellow Marc-André Argentino was quoted in La Presse in an article titled “QAnon, kessé ça ?”