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Newsletter - January 2021

January 18, 2021
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Source: MIGS

Announcements

The Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media has selected MIGS to assist the international organization in understanding the human rights implications of Artificial Intelligence and COVID-19 disinformation.

MIGS Distinguished Senior Fellow Roméo Dallaire has joined the International Commission on Inclusive Peace.  

MIGS is delighted to welcome its new Digital Fellow Jones Enebeli. Jones is a public policy professional with several years of experience with international development and partnership agencies.


Former MIGS Youth Fellow Marissa Nicole Fortune has been promoted to Analyst, International Assistance Envelope Management, at Global Affairs Canada. 

Former MIGS Youth Fellow Antoine Tremblay has been appointed as a Press Officer for the Canadian Minister of the Northern Affairs.


Advocacy 


MIGS and 35 civil society organisations have written to the European Institutions calling for the inclusion of enforceable human rights clauses in the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment ahead of the upcoming Plenary session of the European Parliament. The press release is available here. The letter was covered by  The Diplomat

MIGS and 49 genocide prevention organizations and experts called for a UN Commission of Inquiry on crimes against humanity and genocide against the Uyghurs. You can read the letter here.


Upcoming Events

January 18

MIGS will be launching the Montreal Democracy Drinks event on January 18th in partnership with the Canadian International Council’s Montreal branch.  We will be joined by Alice Stollmeyer, Founder and Executive Director of Defend Democracy, who founded the initiative. Please emailmigs@concordia.ca for more information.

January 20 

In this fourth installment of our series on COVID-19 and disinformation, our next digital townhall will focus COVID19 disinformation and the future of internet governance and content moderation. Speakers include Tina Purnat (World Health Organization), Fenwick McKelvey (Concordia University), Elizabeth Dubois (University of Ottawa), and Rory Smith (First Draft News). Philippe-Andre Rodriguez (Global Affairs Canada) will moderate this discussion. Please sign-up here.

January 25

MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews will speak at the Canadian International Council’s Young Professionals Network about pursuing a career in international development. You can register here.

February 10

As part of its series on COVID-19 and disinformation, MIGS will hold the fifth digital town hall on COVID-19, disinformation and digital literacy. Speakers will be announced soon but you can already register for the event. Please note that this discussion will be held in French. 



April 20-22

On 20-22 April, MIGS will co-host the 2nd annual Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights Forum in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Mitacs, under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. This year's virtual Forum will bring together NGOs, tech companies, foundations and governments around the globe that understand the need to collaborate on the future of AI and human rights. Speakers will be announced soon butregistration is already open.


Recent Events

December 15

MIGS, in collaboration with Agence Science Presse, held the third digital town hall on COVID-19 and disinformation featuring Eve Dubé (medical anthropologist), Eve Beaudin (journalist at Science Presse) and Nicholas De Rosa (journalist at Radio-Canada). Patrick White (Canadian journalist and professor of journalism at UQAM) moderated the discussion. The event (in French) can be viewed here.

December 16

As part of the “Decoding Hate Speech” series, MIGS and Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes hosted the fourth and final panel “Mobilizing the Community to Action”. The event can be viewed here

January 12

In this third event in the series  “Les midis du Monde d’après”, Karim Benyekhlef (Laboratoire de cyberjustice), Cynthia Milton (Centre d’études et de recherches internationale), and Kyle Matthews discussed the ramifications that COVID-19 will have for personal liberties and human rights in a post-pandemic world. This bilingual event was hosted by the Max Bell School of Public Policy, Laboratoire de cyberjustice, the MIGS, and CERIUM. 

In the Media

December 11

MIGS Digital Fellow Ewelina Ochab published an article in Forbes titled “Nigeria To Be Investigated By The International Criminal Court”

December 15 

Ewelina Ochab published an article in Forbes titled “International Criminal Court Will Not Take Further The Case Of The Uyghurs”

December 20 

Ewelina Ochab published an article in Forbes titled “What Happened To The Promise of Never Again?”

December 21

Ewelina Ochab published the Forbes article “The Bitter Truth Behind Hot Chocolate This Christmas”

December 28

Ewelina Ochab published two other articles in Forbes titled “Ten Hong-Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Facing Trial In Shenzhen” and “Why Does No One Care About Genocide?”.  

December 31

Phil Gurski published a new blog post titled “Terrorism In Nigeria Appears To Have No End In Sight.”

January 7-12

MIGS Digital Fellow Phil Gurski published a series of blog posts about the recent storming of the U.S. Capitol, domestic terrorism, and conspiracy theories.. 

January 8 

Ewelina Ochab published another article in Forbes titled “What Are We Doing About The Issue Of Missing Women In 2021?”.

January 12

MIGS Digital Fellow Dr. Joanna Cook co-wrote an article for the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism titled “An Attack On The Capitol And Democracy: An Act Of Terrorism?” 

January 13

In a new podcast episode, Phil Gurski spoke to Middle East specialist Gregory Johnsen about the current situation in Yemen.




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