Newsletter - June 2023
MIGS’ Executive Director Kyle Matthews, co-signed an open letter to the G7 on the Just Transition and Uyghur Forced Labor.
Kyle Matthews, Marie Lamensch and MIGS signed a public letter calling on Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to bestow honorary citizenship on Russian pro-democracy leader Vladimir Kara-Murza.
MIGS is hosting a session at RightsCon in Costa Rica titled “Social Media Hate Machine: Can digital peace be achieved?”. MIGS’ Project Leader Lauren Salim will facilitate our session featuring Siena Anstis (Senior Legal Advisor, Citizen Lab), Gabriel Cajiga (Interim Executive Director, Ipandetec), and Branka Panic (Founder of AI for Peace), and Gema Jimenez (Project Officer, Digital Defenders).
MIGS will host a Twitter Space discussion on AI and open-source intelligence and its role depicting the Ukraine War. MIGS Fellow Liam Maloney will hold a discussion on AI versus OSINT: The case of Ukraine featuring Belkis Wille (Human Rights Watch) and Alexa Koenig (Human Rights Center, University of California). A recurrent issue that has been brought up, as social media platforms erase content providing war crime evidence, by considering it harmful or illegal.
MIGS will host the fifth and final roundtable as part of the Digital Peace Project Series. In honour of the International Day for Countering Hate Speech, this event will focus on online hate and incitement to violence directed at racial and ethnic minorities. Speakers include Fernand de Varennes, UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues. Additional speakers will be announced soon. Registration is now available here.
MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews participated in a panel discussion on foreign policy at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Canada Dialogue Forum 2023. The event was organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Canada.
John Lemieux Faculty Fellow Aphrodite Salas was a guest speaker at The Walrus’ Talk it’s Happening Now Conference in Ottawa.
MIGS Fellow Fannie Lafontaine was spoke at a conference organized by La Clinique and the Canadian Partnership for International Justice on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute.
MIGS’ Executive Director Kyle Matthews participated in a Global Affairs Canada-University of Ottawa workshop on Information Integrity.
MIGS Fellow Ewelina Ochab was a guest speaker at the 5th meeting in series on genocide prevention hosted by the British Groupe Inter-Parliamentary Union with IBA’s Human Rights Institute and the Coalition for Genocide Response.
Kyle Matthews interviewed H.E. Ahmed Obaid, founder of the Crossroads of Civilizations Museum in Dubai, UAE, at the event titled “Bridging Communities From Coexistance to Harmony” organized by the Foundation for Genocide Education.
MIGS Co-Founder Frank Chalk gave a keynote address at the Canadian Hellenic Congress’s Annual Genocide Awareness Conference on “Turkey’s Refusal to Admit to the Crime of Genocide Against its Christian Minorities”.
As part of MIGS’ Digital Peace Project supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage, MIGS interviewed Aimee Tymkin, a Canadian delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, about young people’s experience with cyber hatred and tech-facilitated gender-based violence. The podcast episode is available on Apple podcast and Spotify.
Marie Lamensch completed her mentorship programme with the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales during which she shared her experience and advice with a young student.
Kyle Matthews was a guest speaker at an event titled “Deep Dive: Atrocity Prevention Strategy - The Why, The What, and The How”. The discussion was hosted by the International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance’s Working Group on Atrocity Prevention.
Marie Lamensch gave a class on genocide prevention to students of the Bishop Strachan School.
Kyle Matthews attended a webinar titled “Legal Strategies for Responding to Hate Speech and Online Harassment Targeting Armenians” hosted by Armenophobia.
MIGS hosted its fourth roundtable of its Digital Peace Project, in partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage. Titled “Online Hate Against religious Minorities”, the discussion featured Wendy Via (Co-Founder & President, Global Project Against Hate and Extremism), Emmanuelle Amar (Director of Policy & Research Quebec, CIJA), Jennifer Tridgell (Senior Legal Advisor, Freedom of Religion or Belief and Equality Project at the University of Essex) and Amira Elghawaby (Canada’s Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia), and was moderated by Akaash Maharaj (Ambassador-at-Large for the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption). You can watch the discussion here.
Project Leader Lauren Salim attended the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes’ consultation meeting in advance of the next global meeting. The meeting was an opportunity for the network’s members to provide feedback into the content and design of the upcoming fifth global meeting.
MIGS Digital Fellow Zach Devereaux participated to a CENTECH Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Issues.