Newsletter - October 2020

October 21, 2020
Source: MIGS


- MIGS is saddened by the passing of Aaron Fish, entrepreneur and business leader who was an early supporter of MIGS’ Will to Intervene Project. We extend our condolences to Mr. Fish’s family and friends.

- MIGS is pleased to announced that the Canadian Department of Heritage’s Anti-Racism Action Program has awarded MIGS a grant to set up the “Canadian Task Force Against Online Anti-Semitism”. The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, and Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, made the announcement on 15 October.

- MIGS is also pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from Heritage Canada’s Digital Citizens Initiative to establish the “Canadian Coalition to Counter COVID Digital Disinformation.” The aim to enhance Canadian citizens’ digital literacy and resiliency in the face of misinformation and disinformation related to COVID-19. 

Upcoming Events

23 October
MIGS will host Iranian activist Shaparak Shajarizadeh and journalist and author Rima Elkouri for the book launch of "La liberté n'est pas un crime" This is a bilingual event and will be streamed on our YouTube and Facebook channels. Please, register here

28 October 
MIGS is supporting the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention’ event “Towards a Multipolar Task Force to Prevent Mass Atrocities In the Era of Geopolitical Change, Climate Threats to Security and Digital Transformation.” Register here.

11 November 
MIGS, in partnership with Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes, is hosting a virtual series titled “Decoding Hate Speech”. The third panel  will be “The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar: A Genocide Incited on Facebook”. The speakers will be announced shortly. Register here

12 November
MIGS is hosting an online conference titled “Uyghur Under Threat”, which will feature two panel discussions with academics and survivors, followed by a roundtable on policy responses. Notable speakers include Dr. Adrian Zenz, Dr. Sophie Richardson (Human Rights Watch), Dr. Dilnur Reyhan (President of the Uyghur Institute of Europe), and Nury Turkel (Commissioner for the US Commission on Religious Freedom). Register here.

Recent Events

September 30
 MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews gave a presentation of “Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights” as part of the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention’s project   “Towards a Multipolar Task Force to Prevent Mass Atrocities in the Era of Geopolitical Change, Climate Threats to Security and Digital Transformation”.

October 7
Kyle Matthews spoke at a conference organized by the Digital Citizen Initiative at the Canadian Department of Heritage titled “Building Citizen Resilience.”

October 8
 MIGS partnered with Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) to host “Decoding Hate Speech”. You can watch the second panel of the series “Technology and Hate Speech: friend or foe?” on our YouTube channel and listen to it on iTunes and Google Play.

October 19-21
MIGS was a collaborating partner of the International Political Science Association‘s conference The UN at 75: Challenges and Prospects for the Future of Multilateralism. MIGS’ Executive Director chaired a panel on “Human Rights Governance”.


In the media

September 21

MIGS Senior Distinguished Fellow Roméo Dallaire is quoted by Radio-Canada Internationale in an article titled “Prioriser les enfants pour qu’advienne la paix dans le monde.”

September 25

MIGS Fellow Naomi Kikoler was quoted in a Vox article titled “Concentration camps and forced labor: China’s repression of the Uighurs, explained”. 

September 27

MIGS Digital Fellow Ewelina Ochab wrote an article in Forbes Magazine titled “The Disappearing Religious Minority Women And Girls in Pakistan”.

September 28

MIGS Digital Fellow Phil Gurski spoke to CTV News about the Canadian individual charged by RCMP for alleged false terrorism claims.  

Ewelina Ochab wrote an article in Forbes Magazine entitled “Genocide Should Be Bad For Business”.

September 30

Naomi Kikoler was quoted in Virus Information News titled “China’s Repression of Uyghur Muslims: Concentration Camps, Forced Labor, and other Abuses”.

MIGS Digital Fellow Marc-Andre Argentino is quoted in a Vice News article titled “QAnon is Going into Stealth Mode Ahead of the Election”.

Ewelina Ochab wrote an article for Forbes Magazine titled “Will Facebook Sit On The Evidence Of The Genocide Against The Rohingyas?”.

MIGS Digital Fellow Andre Gagne spoke to Reforme about Evangelicals who support U.S. President Donald Trump.

October 5

MIGS Digital Fellow Alexander Corbeil is quoted in an article in Providence Magazine titled “Nigeria’s History May Support Federalism in Lebanon”.

Ewelina Ochab wrote an article in Forbes Magazine titled “How USAID Translates The Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom Into Action”.

October 8

MIGS Project Coordinator Marie Lamensch is quoted in the Journal de Montréal in an article titled “Les complotistes iront ailleurs”.  

MIGS Digital Fellow Dr. Anne Speckhard is quoted in a France24 article titled “The ‘Beatles’: IS jihadists with a taste for torture”.   

October 9

MIGS Digital Fellow Phil Gurski spoke to Global News about the 13 men charged in an alleged plot to kidnap U.S. governor Gretchen Whitmer.

October 11

MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews was interviewed by CBC News on the ongoing conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Kyle is also quoted in the Vancouver Courier  and La Presse about the conflict.

October 15

Marc-André Argentino was featured on Radio-Canada’s investigative TV show Enquête about the rise of QAnon in North America. He is also quoted in La Presse and Le Monde about the conspiracy movement and social media.

André Gagné spoke to L’Actualite about his new book Ces évangéliques derrière Trump.

October 16

MIGS Fellow Fannie Lafontaine was interviewed by Radio-Canada’s Midi Info regarding her Independent Observer Report of the SPVM’s investigations on criminal allegations by Aboriginal people against police officers. She is also quoted in Le DevoirJournal MetroL’ActualiteRadio CanadaGlobal NewsCBC NewsCTV NEWS, and La Presse about the recent publication of her report looking into complaints of law enforcement abuses involving Indigenous people.

October 17

Ewelina Ochab wrote an article in Forbes Magazine titled “What Is Happening In Nagorno-Karabakh?

October 18

Ewelina Ochab wrote an article in Forbes Magazine titled “Is Beijing Building New Detention Centers ?”

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