Newsletter - September 2020
- MIGS is proud to announce it has been selected as an institutional research partner of DisinfoWatch, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s new foreign disinformation monitoring and debunking platform. You can learn more about DisinfoWatch here.
- On September 30, MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews will participate in an online discussion hosted by the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention titled “Towards a Multipolar Task Force to Prevent Mass Atrocities in the Era of Geopolitical Change, Climate Threats to Security and Digital Transformation.” Register here.
- MIGS would like to welcome its four new Student Fellows : Sergio Snabian, Janick Houde, Maria-Ruxandra Lefter and George Tsagaroulis.
- Congratulations to MIGS Fellow Michael Petrou for being named Editor-in-Chief of Open Canada, the Canadian International Council’s digital publication on international affairs.
- MIGS is honoured to be acknowledged in Shaparak Shajarizadeh and Rima Elkouri’s book “La liberté n’est pas un crime
- In an open letter titled “Concern to Governments on Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide Against Uyghurs in China”, MIGS joined 38 organizations and individuals in calling on UN member states to independently investigate the treatment of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim-majority peoples in China. The letter was covered in the media, including Reuters.
- Ahead of the International Day of Peace, MIGS joined a statement signed by 170 global peace-building organizations urging governments to re-commit to peace.
- MIGS joined a global call for an international mechanism to address the Chinese government’s human rights violations. The letter and the list of signatories is available here.
Spotlight on past Student Fellows
- September 15: Former Student Fellow Jonathan Rozen wrote an article for Committee to Protect Journalists titled CPJ joins call to revise Nigeria’s draft data protection bill.
- September 21: Former MIGS student fellow Lauren Salim wrote an article for Genocide Watch titled Genocide Emergency in South Sudan,highlighting continued ethnic clashes in South Sudan that may lead to genocide.
- September 21: Former MIGS Student Fellow Alexandrine Royer wrote an article titled Lanfrica: A Participatory Approach to Documenting Machine Translation Research on African Languages for Montreal Ethics in AI.
In the media
MIGS Fellow Naomi Kikoler co-wrote an article for Just Security titled Anniversary of Genocidal Attacks on Rohingya Reminds Us They Are Still at Risk.
MIGS Fellow Mark Kersten published a new post on his blog titled “Inching Closer: Could Omar al-Bashir finally be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court?”
In a new article in Forbes titled “The Situation Of Uighur Muslims Will Be Assessed By An Independent Inquiry”, MIGS Fellow Ewelina Ochab writes about what a Uighur Tribunal can do is shed light on atrocities.
MIGS Fellow Fannie Lafontaine is quoted in an article titled “Canada’s failure to prosecute individuals accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity” published in Voice Newspaper.
MIGS Digital Fellow Anne Speckhard and her colleagues Mona Thakker and Molly Ellenberg published a new study titled “Social Media Tracking of ISIS Women and Real-Life Actions of ISIS Men on Their Behalf.”
MIGS Fellow Ewelina Ochab published a new piece in Forbes titled “NGOs And Faith Leaders Speak Up About The Situation Of The Uighurs.”
MIGS fellow Andrei Serbin Pont wrote an article in the Buenos Aires Times titled Behind the conflict with the police.
MIGS Executive Director was interviewed by Todd van der Heyden on the radio show Viewpoints to discuss Russia’s foreign policy, human rights and digital disinformation campaigns. His interview begins at the 54 minute mark.
MIGS Fellow Ewelina Ochab has a new article in Forbes titled “As The International Criminal Court Faces More Challenges, We Need It More Than Ever”
Executive Director Kyle Matthews spoke to CTV News about the rise of online hate.
Kyle Matthews is quoted in a Voice of America article titled “Activists, Experts Call on UN to Recognize China's Uighur 'Genocide'”
MIGS Digital Fellow Marc-Andre Argentino is quoted in a New York Times article titled “Facebook Tried to Limit QAnon. It Failed”
MIGS Digital Fellow Phil Gurski spoke to RealPolitik Podcast about the need for the Canadian intelligence community to continue to focus on Islamic extremist terrorism.
MIGS Distinguished Fellow Lt-Gen. Romeo Dallaire and his colleague Shelly Whitman wrote an article in The Star titled “A radical change in how we view humanity.”
Mark Kersten wrote an article on his blog titled “This Mass Atrocity was Brought to You by the Ivory Trade: Linking Transnational and International Crimes.”
MIGS Digital Fellow Anne Speckhard published a new research article with her colleague Mona Thakker titled “ISIS-Linked Digital Activism and Sympathy-Raising on Behalf of ISIS Women Held in SDF Camps”