Newsletter - January-February 2022
MIGS co-signed a joint statement calling on the UN Security Council to hold an open briefing on the human rights crisis in Myanmar.
MIGS co-signed an open letter calling on the UN Human Rights Council and OHCHR to immediately establish an investigation into the 1988 massacre of political prisoners in Iran.
MIGS joined Human Rights Watch and over 200 other global NGOs in calling for countries to diplomatically boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights concerns.
MIGS’ Executive Director Kyle Matthews will speak at the “Women leaders on the front line of digital hate and violence” conversation hosted by the Embassy of Canada to France in partnership with the French National Digital Council. The conversation will highlight the disproportionate impact of digital violence on women. You can register here.
MIGS’ John Lemieux Student Fellow Nadia Trudel interviewed Oren Segal, Oren Segal, Vice President of the Center on Extremism for Anti Defamation League. This episode was part of a series of podcasts planned for the ‘Canadian Taskforce to Combat Online Antisemitism’. You can listen to this episode and others here.
MIGS hosted the 3rd virtual policy dialogue as part of the project ‘Canadian Taskforce to Combat Online Antisemitism’. This event focused on developing a whole-of-society approach to building Canadian resiliency to online antisemitism. Speakers included Irwin Cotler (Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights and Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism), Shimon Fogel (CIJA), Michael Levitt (Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center), and Heather Mann (UNESCO).
MIGS organized the last event of its series on digital authoritarianism supported by the US Embassy to Canada. The discussion titled “What's next? US-Canadian relationship to confront digital authoritarianism” featured U.S. Consul General Ana Escrogima, David Kaye (clinical professor of law, University of California, and former UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression), Chris Walker (VP for Studies and Analysis, National Endowment for Democracy), Suzanne Nossel (Chief Executive Officer of PEN America), Ron Deibert (Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School, University of Toronto) and Inga Kristina Trauthig (Research Manager and Senior Research Fellow, Center for Media Engagement, University of Texas, and Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation). You can watch a recording of the event here.
As part of the new episode of Human Rights Talks MIGS student fellow Nadia Trudel interviewed Dr. Kathrin Meyer, Secretary General of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
Marie Lamensch delivered a course in French on digital authoritarianism for Global Affairs Canada and the Clinique internationale de défense des droits humains at UQÀM.
In MIGS new episode of Human Rights Talks, Kyle Matthews interviewed Richard Marceau a former MP and senior advisor for the Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs on online antisemitism and hate.
MIGS Fellow Joana Cook participate in an event titled “Foundations of the Foreign Fighter Problem: Investigating Blindspots Relating to Gender, Minors, and Families.” The event focused on discussing the scope of the “foreign fighter problem” and provided insights into major knowledge gaps relating to gender, minors, and families.
In the Media
Lt-General Roméo Dallaire was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame 2021. The Walk of Fame recognizes Canadians from a variety of fields for "their distinctive accomplishments and successes but also for their philanthropy, advocacy, and contributions toward the greater good."
Marie Lamensch published an article in La Presse on the feminist movements and silencing of #MeToo in China titled “Ces Femmes qui Font Trembler Pékin”.
Ewelina Ochab wrote an article in Forbes titled “People Of Myanmar Face Unprecedented Crisis In 2022, The U.N. Warns”.
MIGS Fellow Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote the article “The End of Media Freedom in Hong Kong”published on Forbes website.
Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote an article on Forbes titled “Tigray Hospital In Urgent Need of Assistance With Food and Medical Supplies”.
MIGS fellow Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab published an article on Forbes titled “One in Seven Christian Minorities Under Threat in 2022”.
Kyle Matthews is quoted in the Radio Free Asia article “Security researchers spot flaws, surveillance in official Beijing Olympics app”.
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by CTV on the situation between Russia and the Ukraine.
MIGS Fellow Naomi Kikoler spoke to the World Affairs Council in a webinar entitled “Giving Meaning to “Never Again”: Preventing Genocide and Crimes against Humanity”.
MIGS Fellow Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote an article for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, the article “For the Holocaust Remembrance Day We Must Seek Memory, Dignity And Justice” was published by Forbes.
Kyle Matthews is featured in Montreal Gazette article “Convoy protesters' use of Nazi symbols 'shocking in 2022': genocide expert”.
MIGS Fellow Phil Gurski was quoted in the Ottawa Citizen article “How do you avoid a truck protest on Wellington in the future? Build a tramway there”.
Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote an article published by Forbes titled “There is Only One Winner Of The Winter Olympics 2022”. She also wrote an article titled “ One Year Of The Military Junta In Power In Myanmar”.
MIGS Fellow Mark Kersten wrote an article for the Globe and Mail titled “Calling COVID-19 vaccine mandates a ‘crime against humanity’ isn’t just wrong, it’s dangerous”.
Kyle Matthews wrote an article published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute titled “Will Canada Finally Take a Stand Against China’s Totalitarian Use of Tech?: Kyle Matthews for Inside Policy”.