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Newsletter - November 2020

November 18, 2020

Source: MIGS


As an official partner  of the state-led Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) network, MIGS participated in the 16 November official handover of the Chair from Switzerland to Argentina. MIGS’ Executive Director Kyle Matthews was featured in a short video  featuring various members of the GAAMAC community in thanking the outgoing Chair Mô Bleeker (Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs) for her leadership and welcoming the Chair-elect Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi (formerly with the International Criminal Court). 


MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews and Concordia graduate student and MIGS Student Fellow George Tsagaroulis wrote the article “Why Canada must confront the rise of digital authoritarianism”. The article appears on the website of and is available here

Executive Director Kyle Matthews and Concordia graduate student and MIGS Student Fellow Daniel Twijuke had an  article published in Politorbis titled “Parliamentarians and Atrocity Prevention.” Politborbis is a publication of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

 MIGS’ Project Coordinator Marie Lamensch published “Traitement des Ouïghours: Cibler l'économie chinoise" in La Presse.

Upcoming Events

November 21 

MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews will speak at the UN75 Global Youth Forum organized by the Montreal United Nations Conference. 

December 3

MIGS is hosting an online event titled “Ethiopia on the Brink of Mass Atrocities”. The discussion hopes to raise awareness and media attention on the ongoing conflict and unfolding humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia. More information about the speakers will be available soon but registration is already open.

December 9 

In its second installment of the series on COVID-19 and disinformation in the Canadian context, MIGS’ will host Dr. Joan Donovan (Shorenstein Center, Harvard University), Melanie Smith (Graphika), and Dr. Heidi Tworek (UBC & CIGI). Aphrodite Salas (Concordia) will moderate this discussion. You can register here. The Canadian Coalition to Counter COVID Digital Disinformation is a project organized by MIGS with funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage's Digital Citizens Initiative

December 15  

In its third installment of the series on COVID-19 and disinformation in the Canadian context, MIGS will host a panel discussion in French featuring Eve Dubé (medical anthropologist), Eve Beaudin (journalist at Science Presse) and Nicholas De Rosa (journalist at Radio-Canada).

Recent Events

October 23

MIGS hosted Iranian activist Shaparak Shajarizadeh and journalist and author Rima Elkouri for the book launch of “La Liberté n’est pas un crime”. This bilingual event was streamed on YouTubeand Facebook

October 28 

MIGS supported the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention’s event “Towards a Multipolar Task Force to Prevent Mass Atrocities in the Era of Geopolitical Change, Climate Threats to Security and Digital Transformation.” 


Kyle Matthews spoke about social media, online hate and incitement to violence at the 28th“Annual Vanier College Symposium on the Holocaust and Genocide.”

November 11

MIGS and Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes hosted the third panel of their virtual series “Decoding Hate Speech”. You can watch the panel “The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar: A Genocide Incited on Facebook” on our YouTube channel and listen to it on iTunes.

November 12

MIGS hosted an online conference titled “Uyghur Under Threat”, featuring panel discussions with academics, experts, witnesses, and policymakers from Canada and abroad. You can watch the conference on YouTube or listen to it here.

November 18

As part of its Canadian Coalition to Counter COVID Digital Disinformation funded by Heritage Canada’s Digital Citizens Initiative, MIGS hosted its first Digital Townhall titled “Foreign Interference & COVID-19 Disinformation.” You can watch it here.

In the media

October 28

MIGS Digital Fellow Mark Kersten published a piece titled “The ICC Inches Closer to Bashir Prosecution as Sudan and Israel Normalize Relations” on his blog Justice Conflict. 

October 30

MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews is quoted in a VOA article titled “Activists Hail Canadian Parliamentary Committee Report on Uighur ‘Genocide’.”   

November 3 

MIGS Digital Fellow Ewelina Ochab published two articles in Forbes. The first is titled “Another Girl, Another Abduction, Another Forced Conversion, Another Child Marriage” and the second is titled “Each Year Close to One Hundred Journalists Are Killed”. 

November 5

MIGS Digital Fellow Dr. Anne Speckhard participated in an expert panel discussion titled “Repatriation or Non-Repatriation?”. For a brief overview of the panel discussion, click here

November 6

Ewelina Ochab published an article in Forbes titled “The Disappearing Mosques in Xinjiang”.

November 9 

Dr. Anne Speckhard co-authored an article in Homeland Security Today on the recent European attacks and the uproar over hate speech given the ongoing ISIS threat.  

November 10

MIGS’s Digital Fellow Marc-Andre Argentino is quoted in the Washington Post in the article  “In the United States, QAnon is struggling. The conspiracy theory is thriving abroad.”

November 11

To mark the 20th anniversary since the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, MIGS Digital Fellow Dr. Joana Cook participated in an online discussion co-hosted by the International Centre for Counter Terrorism, the Chair of UN Studies in Peace and Justice, Women in International Security Netherlands, Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs.

November 14

MIGS is mentioned in an article titled “Le coeur brisé des Arméniens” written by Rima Elkouri in La Presse.

November 17

MIGS Digital Fellow Phil Gurski wrote a new post on his blog titled “When ‘nationalists’ turn to terrorism.”

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