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Newsletter - May 2020

July 24, 2020
Source: MIGS


  • MIGS has postponed its annual #RightsCity Conference due to the pandemic. However, we are excited to announce that the Department of National Defence’s “Targeted Engagement Program” and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy have both agreed to sponsor the event, which is set to take place this autumn.


  • MIGS was recently awarded funding from Heritage Canada to convene stakeholders as part of the “Mapping Online Hate in Canada” project. MIGS also organized a series of interviews with Adama Dieng (UN Special Representative for the Prevention of Genocide), Chris Tuckwood (Founder of the Sentinel Project and HateBase), Zach Devereaux (Nexalogy), David Ouelette (The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs), and Ghayda Hassan (Professor of clinical psychology at UQAM).
  • MIGS is pleased to announce its new student fellows: Daniel Twijuke and Emmanuelle Fahey. They are both second year Master’s students of the Public Policy and Public Administration Program at Concordia University.
  • Spotlight: Past student fellows
  • Congratulations to MIGS past student fellow Zachary Paikin, who recently joined Global Affairs Canada. He will be working as a speechwriter at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations.
  • Congratulations to MIGS past student fellow Egor Fedorov, who has been appointed as an analyst at Moonshot CVE.

The Coronavirus Diaries: MIGS started a series of online conversations with experts about human rights in the age of this global pandemic. Recent Interviewees include (but are not limited to):  Canadian journalist Terry Glavin; Kurdish-German psychologist Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan; Research Analyst Allie Funk of Freedom House; New York Times video producer and journalist Muyi Xiao; and newly appointed UNHCR Representative to Canada Rema Jamous Imseis. These interviews are available in video format on YouTube and in audio version on Apple podcasts and Google Play. Interviews are ongoing and will continue to be uploaded on a regular basis.


Advocacy during COVID19
  • MIGS, alongside 300 Canadian organizations and institutions, co-signed an open letter with Amnesty International urging governments to adopt and strengthen human rights oversight mechanisms in their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. This letter calls on the prevention of both intentional and inadvertent violations of human rights.
  • MIGS co-signed an open letter to the governments of the world to support the work of atrocity prevention during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • MIGS co-signed the joint NGO statement “Humanitarian and Security Implications of the COVID-19 crisis in Northern Iraq”.  The statement hopes to shed light on the specific impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the minority Yazidi community in Northern Iraq, a region already fragile as a result of the recent ISIS insurgency.

Past Events

March 10
  • MIGS co-hosted a workshop with the Montreal AI and Ethics Institute titled “AI Ethics: Disinformation and how it spreads”. Montreal In Technology wrote a summary of  the event here.
March 26 April 7
  • MIGS’ Distinguished Senior Fellow Roméo Dallaire delivered the keynote address at the Rwanda High Commission to Canada's commemoration event on the anniversary of beginning of the Rwandan genocide.

Image courtesy of Lt-Gen. Romeo Dallaire

In the media

March 1 March 2 March 7 March 12 March 16 March 17 March 19 March 20 March 22
  • MIGS’ Distinguished Senior Fellow Roméo Dallaire was featured in a CTV News article regarding his video messages of support and solidarity to health care workers and first responders on twitter. He also tweeted advice for facing a crisis, based on his own experience in a crisis.
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April 4 April 6 April 8
  • MIGS digital fellow Marc-André Argentino co-published an article for the Global Network on Extremism and Technology titled “The COVID Conspiracy Files”. 
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