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Newsletter - July 2020

July 24, 2020
Source: MIGS


  • On 9 June, MIGS co-hosted the online conference  “China at a Crossroads: Standing up for Human Rights During the Coronavirus Pandemic”  in partnership with the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, the National Endowment for Democracy and Freedom House, amongst others. The videos of the conference can now be viewed on MIGS’ YouTube channel as well as on CPAC.

Spotlight: Past Youth Fellows

Congratulations to former MIGS youth fellow Marissa Fortune, who recently joined Global Affairs Canada as a policy officer. 

Congratulations to former MIGS youth fellow Adan Suazo, who was recently hired as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Ministry of the Environment, Government of New Zealand. 


MIGS continues a series of conversations with experts about human rights. Recent Interviewees include (but are not limited to) Dr. Ghayda Hassan, Université du Québec à Montréal; Adama Dieng, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide;  and Christopher Tuckwood, executive director of the Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention. 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. 

Past Events

On June 18, MIGS co-hosted the Canada Launch of the 2020 Global Peace Index in collaboration with The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). Expert speakers included Lieutenant-General the Honourable Roméo Dallaire, Canadian Senator Marilou McPhedran, former Canadian diplomat Ferry de Kerkhove, and Serge Stroobants (Director of Operations, Europe & MENA, IEP).  The video of the event is available on YouTube and audio version on Apple podcasts and Google Play.

  • On 21 May. MIGS’ Executive Director Kyle Mattews participated in a virtual roundtable entitled “Justice for the Rohingya: The Role of Canada” as an expert in human rights. A summary report of the roundtable is available here.
  • On 4 June, MIGS’ Executive Director Kyle Matthews was interviewed by the Young Transatlantic Leadership Initiative for a webinar series titled “YTL Leaders Lounge”.
  • On June 30, MIGS in collaboration with the Canadian International Council (Montreal branch) and the Centre sur la gouvernance sécuritaire et de crise (CRITIC) organized an online panel discussion titled “CIC Montréal: Surveillance electronique, les applications de tracage et la covid19 : analyse de la situation globale”. The webinar moderated by Chantal Lavallee (CRITIC) featured Professors Simon Hogue (College Royal Militaire de Saint-Jean) and Sonja Solomun (Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University). The discussion is available on our YouTube Channel.

  • On July 6, MIGS hosted a virtual panel conversation titled “Online Hate Speech and the Santa Clara principles”. Speakers include David Greene (Senior Staff Attorney & Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation), Chris Beall (Policy Lead for Platform Governance at the Centre for International Governance Innovation), and Heidi Tworek (Assistant Professor in International History, University of British Columbia). The video is now available on our Youtube channel.


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  • Project coordinator Marie Lamensch commented on Bob Rae’s appointment as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations on Radio-Canada.

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