Newsletter - June 2022
The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Parliamentary Alliance Against Atrocity Crimes (GPAAAC). With the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Canada, MIGS will create a network of Canadian, German and EU-member state parliamentarians, to explore how parliamentarians can better prevent and respond to mass atrocity crimes, while defending and strengthening democracy and the liberal order. The project will focus on Ukraine and the key international challenges the crisis there poses to human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.
MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews was selected by the United Nations Association in Canada to be a jury member for the 2022 Pearson Peace Medal. To nominate a Canadian for this award, please visit UNAC’s website.
MIGS Fellow Mark Kersten received two graduating scholarships from McGill Law School: the Louis H. Rohrlick and the Nathan Cotler prizes, for earning the highest standing in Public International Law and in the field of Human Rights throughout the program
MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews will speak at the IPSA Summer School in Applied Diplomacy.
MIGS is hosting a workshop at Access Now’s #RightsCon 2022 titled “Building a Global Digital Authoritarianism Index”. Speakers include Peter Guest (Enterprise editor Rest of World), Gbenga Sensa (Executive Director Paradigm Initiative), Caitlin Thompson (Reporter Coda Story), Joseph Wright (Professor of Political Science Penn State), Maria Virginia Marin (Executive Director ProBox Venezuela), Kyle Matthews and Marie Lamensch. You can register for RightsCon here.
In the Media
MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews was featured in the Concordia University Magazine cover story: Out of the Shadows.
MIGS, Project Coordinator Marie Lamensch was in an article in La Presse titled “Ce n’est pas seulement pour tuer les civils, c’est pour tuer le futur.”
MIGS Fellow Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote an article for Forbes titled “Hazaras Targeted In Afghanistan Yet Again.”
MIGS Fellow, Mark Kersten published a research article in the International Criminal Law Review titled “This Mass Atrocity was Brought to You by the Ivory Trade: Linking Transnational Organized and International Crimes.”
Lieutenant Général Roméo Dallaire was featured in the CBC article “Roméo Dallaire, Ottawa prof honoured and proud to be banned from Russia.”
Project Officer Lauren Salim wrote an article for the Human Rights Research Center titled
“Launch of Code of Conduct for Gathering & Using Information on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence.”
On Holocaust Remembrance day, John Lemieux Student Fellow Nadia Trudel and Lauren Salim reflected on the impact of social media on the the global rise of Antisemitism.
Kyle Matthews was quoted in an article in the National Post titled “Canada Accused Rusia of Committing Genocide in Ukraine, Here’s what it means.”
Kyle Matthews was interviewed by CTV on Russia’s disinformation campaign regarding its invasion of Ukraine.
Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote an article for Forbes titled “Press Freedom Under Increasing Pressure Globally.”
Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote an article for Forbes titled “United Nations On A Visit To Xinjiang, China.”
Marie Lamensch was interviewed by Context: Beyond the Headlines on “Misinformation: Finding truth in an age of confusion.”
Marie Lamensch wrote an article for CIGI titled “For Syria’s White Helmets, the Ukraine War Is Déjà Vu”.
Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote two articles for Forbes titled “As Putin’s War Rages On, Domestic Trials Begin” & “Abducted And Enslaved Minority Women And Girls Let Down By Governments Globally.”
Marie Lamensch was quoted in article in La Presse titled “Ce n’est pas seulement pour tuer les civils, c’est pour tuer le futur.”
Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab wrote an article for Forbes titled “Is There Progress In Addressing Putin’s Crime Of Aggression?”
Marie Lamensch spoke to Radio Canada about the Uyghur Crisis.
Marie Lamensch and MIGS’ Fellow Fannie Lafontaine are quoted in an article in La Presse titled “Une mobilisation internationale sans précédent.”