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Newsletter - April 2022

June 1, 2022

Source: MIGS


Starting today, MIGS is hosting its annual “Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights'' from April 25-29 2022 in collaboration with eQualitie, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) and the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. Speakers include, amongst others, Rastislav Šutek (Executive Director, Platform for Peace and Humanity), Judge Silvia Fernandez De Gurmendi (GAAMAC Chair), Lord Clement-Jones (Member of Parliament (UK) Parliamentarians for Global Action), Francesca Bosco (Chief Strategy Officer, CyberPeace Institute), Isabel Bragueros (Executive Director of the Tor Project) Danny Rayman (Technology and Human Rights Researcher at Business and Human Rights Resource Center) and Francesca Fanucci (Senior Legal Advisor, European Center for Not-For-Profit Law). You can view the full program and register here.

MIGS released its “White Paper Combatting Online Antisemitism” as part of its project funded by Heritage Canada. The report is available in English and French. MIGS also hosted a Twitter Space with Member of Parliament Anthony Housefather, Project Leader Lauren Salim, Kyle Matthews, Emmanuelle Amar and Alyssa Blank. You can listen to it here.

MIGS announced that Eric Meerkamper joined the institute as a Fellow. He will advise MIGS with its global strategy and partnership development and their work related to emerging tech-related issues that intersect with human rights around the world. 

Joana Cook announced the publication of her book “The Rule is for None but Allah”. Written with Shiraz Maher (director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation), the book will be published in November 2022.

MIGS’ Executive Director Kyle Matthews was featured in the book “Inspiring Canadians: Forty Brilliant Canadians and Their Visions for the Nation”.

Upcoming Events

MIGS’ Executive Director Kyle Matthews will participate in a Global Affairs Canada roundtable meeting, chaired by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to discuss the state of democracy and Canada’s approaches to advancing democracy around the world.

MIGS will host the panel discussion  "Building a Global Digital Authoritarianism Index" at the 11th edition of RightsCon, which will take place the week of June 6 2022.

Recent Events

28 March

​​As part of the Canadian Taskforce to Combat Online Antisemitism's podcast series, MIGS’ John Lemieux student Nadia Trudel interviewed Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, the Director of Policy at the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.

MIGS’ Fellow Naomi Kikoler met with the German Ambassador to the United States, Amb. Emily Haber, to discuss the persecution of the Uyghur.

30 March

MIGS’ Project coordinator Marie Lamensch participated in the second advisory panel meeting of the Stimson Center new project on digital surveillance and North Korea. 

6 April

Marie Lamensch gave a class on digital authoritarianism at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

7 April

Marie Lamensch spoke at PAGE-Rwanda’s commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

9 April

MIGS’ Digital Fellow Joana Cook worked with International Organization for Migration, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism and the National Security Advisory of Iraq on a series of roundtables in Iraq on repatriation from Syria’s A-Hol.

14 April

As part of the initiative on Digital Authoritarianism, MIGS spoke with International Forum for Democratic Studies’ Kevin Sheives and Rachelle Faust. The project is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.

20 April 

Marie Lamensch participated in the stakeholder consultation on Canada’s International Cyber Security Strategy organized by Global Affair Canada.


In the Media

March 21

Marie Lamensch wrote an article for the Centre for International Governance Innovation titled “In Latin America, Youthful Branding Meets Authoritarian Populism.”

March 22

Naomi Kikoler was quoted in an article in The Washington Post titled “Putin has Been a War Criminal for Years. Nobody Cared Until Now.” 

March 23

MIGS Fellow Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote an article for Forbes titled “Where There Is War, There Is Rape. Is Putin’s War Any Different?”

Marie Lamensch is quoted in 24 Heures article titled “Les femmes et les enfants ukrainiens, des victimes idéales du trafic humain.”

March 24

Naomi Kikoler was featured in an article published in Foreign Policy titled “The U.S. has Recognized Myanmar’s Genocide. But Is That Enough?” 

March 30 

MIGS Fellow Fannie Lafontaine is quoted in an article in the Toronto Star titled “Here’s how Canada will help investigate alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine.”

April 3

Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote an article for Forbes titled “As Russian Troops Retreat From Irpin And Bucha, More Evidence Of Putin’s War Crimes Emerges”

April 4

Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab published an article in Forbes titled “Is Putin Committing Genocide in Ukraine?”

Mark Kersten published an article in The Toronto Star titled “Canada’s commitment to support war crime investigation in Ukraine a good first step.”

Kyle Matthews spoke to CTV News about potential war crimes in Ukraine. 

Marie Lamensch spoke to newspaper 24 Heures and to Radio Canada’s Midi Info about atrocities committed in Ukraine. 

April 5

MIGS co-founder Dr. Frank Chalk and Fannie Lafontaine were interviewed for an article in La Presse titled “Le Mot Qui Commence Par La Lettre “G””. Fannie Lafontaine also spoke to Radio Canada’s Tout un matin about war crimes in Ukraine. 

Dr. Frank Chalk was featured in a report titled “The Ukrainian Man-Made Famine of 1932-1933.”

April 6

Lt-Gen. Roméo Dallaire spoke to CTV News about the massacres in Bucha.

April 7

Lt-Gen. Roméo Dallaire was featured in article in Le Devoir titled “La faillite morale de la communauté internationale retentit encore, selon Roméo Dallaire.”  He also spoke to Quebec’s TVA Nouvelles.

Marie Lamensch was featured in an article titled “Pourquoi est-il important de voir (avec modération) l’horreur de la guerre?” published in 24 Heures. She is also quoted in an article titled “Rwanda : peut-on réellement obtenir justice après un génocide?”

Fannie Lafontaine spoke to CTV News about prosecuting war crimes in Ukraine.

April 8

Marie Lamensch is quoted in an article in Le Journal Métro titled “Peut-on parler d’un genocide perpétré par la Russie?” 

April 10

Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote an article for Forbes titled “Ukrainian Children Forcibly Transferred And Subjected To Illegal Adoptions”

April 12 

Fannie Lafontaine spoke to Radio Canada’s Télé Journal the use of term genocide in Ukraine.

April 13

Kyle Matthews spoke to Global News about Genocide Remembrance Month and different steps that can lead to genocide. He was also featured in an CTV News article titled “Trudeau welcomes talk of Russia's action in Ukraine as genocide.”

Marie Lamensch spoke to Radio Canada’s Premiere Heure and Le Journal de Quebec about a allegations of genocide in Ukraine.

Mark Kersten is featured in an article on U of T News titled “Amassing evidence of war crimes in real time ‘critically important,’ U of T expert says.”

April 14

Dr. Frank Chalk is quoted in article in Canadian Jewish News titled “Ukraine is on the brink of a genocide. Can it be stopped?”

April 16

Kyle Matthews is featured in an article in the Whig Standard titled “Expert, world leaders suggest Russia committing genocide.”

Mark Kersten spoke to CTV News about allegations of crimes against humanity in Ukraine.

April 17 

Lt-General Roméo Dallaire was interviewed by Global News’ the West Block on the war in the Ukraine: “Inspectors need to be in Ukraine to investigate genocide.”

April 18 

MIGS’ Digital Fellow Andrei Serbin Pont spoke to Hoy Nos Toca about the conflict in Ukraine.

April 19 

Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote an article for Forbes titled “Central African Republics Special Criminal Court to Hear Its First Trial.” 

April 20 

Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote an article for Forbes titled “Hazaras Targeted in Afghanistan Yet Again.”

MIGS Digital Fellow Phil Gurski wrote a new blog post titled “Do ‘Prevent’ type CT programmes really work?”

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