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Newsletter - April 2023

April 24, 2023

Source: MIGS


This week, MIGS is leading a delegation of human rights organizations, including the Global Center for The Responsibility to Protect and The Sentinel Project, to travel to Ottawa to meet with Members of Parliament, Senators and Canadian Government officials with the aim of identifying new strategic approaches and initiatives to prevent mass atrocity crimes.

MIGS has been selected by AccessNow to host the panel discussion “Social media hate machine: can digital peace be achieved” at the 12th edition of RightsCon, which will take place in Costa Rica on June 5-8, 2023.


Along with 45 civil-society organizations, MIGS signed a joint letter calling on the governments convening the Summit for Democracy 2023 to prioritize human rights due diligence for spyware technologies on the Summit’s agenda.

Upcoming Events

April 23

MIGS’ Executive Director Kyle Matthews will deliver a keynote address at a commemoration for the 108th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The event will be hosted by the Armenian Community Centre of Toronto.

Recent Events

March 21

As a part of the Digital Peace Project, MIGS spoke to Dr. Stefanie Duguay, Concordia University Research Chair in Digital intimacy, gender, and sexuality, about identity expression for queer people in digital spaces and the challenges that they face when navigating online harms. You can listen to the podcast episode on Spotify or Apple podcast.

March 22

Kyle Matthews and Digital Fellow Phil Gurski participated in the Canadian launch of the 2023 Global Terrorism Index, which was hosted by the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute National Security programme. Kyle, Phil, and Serge Stroobants (Global Director for Security, Defence and Intelligence at the Institute for Economics and Peace) also gave a press conference on Parliament Hill.

March 20-24

MIGS’ John Lemieux Faculty Fellow Liam Mahoney was in the Netherlands to participate in an Open Source Intelligence Tools (OSINT) workshop organized by the organization Bellingcat.

March 23

MIGS Fellow Naomi Kikoler spoke at a hearing of the Select Committee on the CCP titled “The Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing Uyghur genocide”. Other speakers included Nury Turkel (Chair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom) and Dr. Adrian Zenz (Senior Fellow and Director in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation).

MIGS Fellow Eric Meerkamper attended the DemocracyXChange Summit in Toronto, an event that brings together changemakers to discuss the most pressing problems of our generation.

March 29

MIGS hosted a Twitter Spaces chat on the Humanitarian Crisis in Nagorno Karabakh. The discussion featured Elisa von Joeden-Forgey (Co-founder and co-president of the Lemkin Institute), Gregory Stanton (Founder and President of Genocide Watch) and Robert Avestisyan (Representative of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in the USA and Canada). You can listen to the episode on Apple Podcast or Spotify.

March 31

Kyle Matthews, Marie Lamensch and MIGS John Lemieux Student Fellow Elora Bussière-Ladouceur attended a virtual event titled “Democracy in the Digital Age: How Canada Advances Internet Freedom for All”. The event was organized by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

April 4

Marie Lamensch spoke with Anna-Alexia Kotsakis at the Georgetown Center on National Security about cyber violence against women. The discussion is part of the Center’s new research project on global gendered disinformation.

MIGS Digital Fellow Joanna Cook participated in a webinar titled “Assessing the State of Terrorism Studies” organized by International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT).

April 5

As part of MIGS’ Digital Peace Project, Marie Lamensch spoke with Marianne Couture-Cossette (Les 3Sex*) about gender-based cyber violence and the manosphere. You can listen to the podcast episode in French on Apple Podcast or Spotify.

MIGS hosted an informal discussion with author and journalist Joanna Chiu on the occasion of the publication of the French translation of her book ”China Unbound: A New World Disorder”. Her visit to MIGS was covered in the La Presse article “Les désirs de Pékin sont désordre”.

MIGS’ Executive Director Kyle Matthews participated in the Quebec Dialogue Session on Canada’s Immigration Future organized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

April 12

MIGS hosted the third round table of its Digital Peace Project, in partnership with Concordia University's Indigenous Directions Office. Titled “Countering Online Hate Towards Indigenous Peoples”, the discussion featured Catherine Martin (Director of Indigenous Community Engagement, Dalhousie University), Dr. Suzanne Kite (visual artist and research assistant at the Initiative for Indigenous Futures), Bailey Oster (Youth Programs and Services Director, Métis Nation of Alberta), Megan Tipler (Indigenous Strategies Manager, Office of the Vice Provost Indigenous Programming and Research, University of Alberta) and was moderated by Kristy Snell (Academic Director/Journalistic Leader In-Residence, Institute for Inclusive, Investigative, and Innovative Journalism, Concordia University). You can watch the event here

April 17

MIGS co-founder Dr. Frank Chalk gave the keynote address at the Montreal Holocaust Museum’s Yom Hashoah Commemoration.

In the Media

March 17

Ewelina Ochab wrote an article for Forbes titled “ICC Judges Issue Arrest Warrants Against Vladimir Putin And Maria Lvova-Belova For Crimes Against Children”

MIGS Fellow Mark Kersten wrote an article on Justice In Conflict titled “Straight to the top: The International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Russia’s Vladimir Putin”.

March 21

MIGS Fellow Mark Kersten wrote an article on Justice In Conflict titled “Why did the International Criminal Court focus on the transfer and deportation of children from Ukraine to Russia?”.

March 22

MIGS Student Fellow Katerina Sviderska wrote an article for La Presse titled “Les enfants ukrainiens, trophées de guerre russe”.

Marie Lamensch is quoted in a Bloomberg article titled “Iranian Activists Want Tech Companies to Ban the Ayatollah.”

March 23

Katerina Sviderska was interviewed by Patrick Lagacé to speak about the most recent news about the kidnapping of Ukrainian children by the Russians.

March 28

MIGS Project Leader Lauren Salim wrote an article for the Human Rights Research Center titled “Weaponized disinformation: A global threat to democracies”.

March 31

Mark Kersten published an op-ed in The Globe and Mail titled “The National Hockey League has a war crimes problem”.

April 1

Mark Kersten wrote an article on his blog Justice In Conflict titled “The National Hockey League and its Biggest Russian Star is Sports-Washing Putin’s War Crimes”.

April 3

Ewelina Ochab wrote two articles for Forbes titled “As Russian Troops Retreat From Irpin And Bucha, More Evidence Of Putin’s War Crimes Emerges” and “Thousands Of Ukrainian Children Are Still Missing”.

April 6

Ewelina Ochab wrote an article for Forbes titled “The Pursuit Of Justice For The Rwandan Genocide Continues”

Mark Kersten was interviewed on Chek TV to speak about the NHL’s dereliction of duty to address the “Putin Problem”

April 7

Phil Gurski released a new episode of his podcast “Canadian Intelligence, Eh!” titled “Pakistan and (counter) terrorism? It’s complicated”

April 11

MIGS Student Fellow Katerina Sviderska wrote a blog for McGill University’s Research Network on Women, Peace and Security titled “Le féminisme en politique étrangère, un spectacle symbolique?”.

April 12

Ewelina Ochab published two articles for Forbes titled “Vladimir Kara-Murza: The Price For Speaking Up In Russia Today” and “Myanmar Military Kills More Than 100 People In A Single Attack”

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