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Newsletter - October 2023

October 25, 2023

Source: MIGS


MIGS hosted the inaugural Montreal International Security Summit on 11-12 October. The event focused on Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and the war’s impact on global security and human rights. Partners included the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Canada, the European Council on Foreign Relations, the MacDonald-Laurier Institute and the Canadian International Council. MIGS ended up welcoming over 120 delegates, speakers and moderators to the two-day summit. The summit was announced publicly in a press release prior to the event and was filmed by CPAC that will be broadcasted later on in both English and French. You can see photos from the summit here.


MIGS' newly established Global Task Force to Counter Digital Authoritarianism convened its first meeting and is now actively mapping and assessing how authoritarian and illiberal governments use new technologies to suppress human rights and erode democracy. 

MIGS’ Fellow Ewelina Ochab published a report for the New Lines Institute titled “The Need to Establish a U.N. Mechanism for Evidence Gathering in Xinjiang”.

Joana Cook published an article in the journal Perspectives on Terrorism titled “Distinguishing Children From ISIS-Affiliated Families in Iraq and Their Unique Barriers for Rehabilitation and Reintegration”.


MIGS signed a “Joint Call to Advance Gender Justice in the Draft Crimes Against Humanity Convention”, together with organizations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

MIGS is one of over 180 signatories of the “Global statement to stop facial recognition surveillance”, which calls on state authorities and companies to stop using facial recognition for the surveillance of publicly-accessible spaces and for the surveillance of people in migration or asylum contexts.

Upcoming Events

26-27 October

MIGS Fellow Mark Kersten will participate in the workshop titled “Transitional Justice For and By Children and Childhoods” at the University of Saskatchewan.

31 October

Student Fellow Tim William Zøllner will attend the roundtable “Historical Memory and Hate in Today’s Canada and Germany” in Ottawa, hosted by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. 

2 November

MIGS is hosting the event “Feeling the Chill: Arctic Governance Amid Russia's War on Ukraine” in collaboration with the Conseil international du Canada (CIC Montreal). 

1-2 November

MIGS Fellow Diego Osorio will speak at the 2nd Annual Montreal Climate Security Summit on November 1-2, 2023

16 November

Kyle Matthews is speaking at Parliamentarians for Global Action’s  44th Annual Forum dedicated to “Preserving Women Parliamentarians’ Leadership in the Face of Cyber Harassment and Attacks”. 

Recent Events

17-21 September

Kyle Matthews traveled to New York to meet with partners and to participate in numerous UN General Assembly side events, including those organized by UN Women, the Obama Foundation, the BMW Foundation, Parliamentarians for Global Action, the Atlantic Council, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, amongst others.

27 September

MIGS hosted the photo exhibition and conference “Capturing the Uyghur Genocide through the Lens of Colonialism” in collaboration with the Uyghur community in Canada.  

3 October

Marie Lamensch spoke on the panel “Régulation et encadrement de l’IA: Quels risques et opportunités?” at the Forum sur la Gouvernance de l’Internet au Québec, organized by the Société Internet du Québec. 

4 October

Kyle Matthews spoke on the panel “The 2025 Canadian presidency of the G7: What are the digital policy priorities?” at the Canadian Internet Governance Forum.

6 October
MIGS Student Fellow Tim William Zøllner spoke with Robert L. Ivie (Professor Emeritus in English, Rhetoric and American studies, Indiana University) about war rhetoric in the newest episode of MIGS’ Human Rights Talks.  

11-13 October

Joanna Cook talked on "Gendered Considerations in the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Returnees from Iraq" at the Hedayah's Annual Research Conference, organized by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism and the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. 

18 October

MIGS partnered with the Taro Group, Paramount Pictures and Apple TV for the upcoming release of "Killers of the Flower Moon", directed by Martin Scorsese.

19 October

Kyle Matthews and Marie Lamensch attended the Celebration of the Day of German Unity organized by the Consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany in Montreal.

In the Media

19 September

Joana Cook was a speaker on the podcast episode “The role of OSINT in understanding VEOs”by Janes Intelligence. 

26 September

Ewelina Ochab published an article titled “Fighting for freedom of speech – Jimmy Lais’ 1000 days in prison” in Forbes Magazine. 

4 October

Marie Lamensch is quoted in a La Presse article titled “Le conflit s’enlise, la crise humanitaire s’aggrave”

7 October

Dr. Ewelina Ochab wrote an article titled “In midst of atrocity crimes in Ukraine will Russia be allowed to rejoin UN Human Rights Council?” in Forbes Magazine. 

8 October 

Kyle Matthews comments in the article “Jewish, Palestinian Montrealers anxiously follow developments in Hamas-Israel conflict” by CBC. 

10 October

Phil Gurski wrote an article titled “Is it really possible to ‘defeat’ a terrorist group?” for his blog. 

Ewelina Ochab wrote an article “What will happen to the evidence of Daesh atrocities against the Yazidis” in Forbes Magazine. 

13 October

Phil Gurski published the podcast episode: “What to make of a jihadi terrorist who thinks ISIS has it right?”.

15 October

Dr. Ewelina Ochab wrote the article “Violence Against Women And Girls Is One Of The Most Widespread, Persistent And Devastating Human Rights Violations” for Forbes Magazine. She also wrote an article titled “What Will Be The Response Of The International Criminal Court To The Situation In Palestine And Israel?” for Forbes. 

16 October 

Marie Lamensch is quoted in the article  “Quand le pacifisme fait le jeu de la propagande chinoise” by Pivot Québec.

MIGS’ Montreal International Security Summit  was  mentioned in an interview with Ken Roth titled “Il faut qu’on parle d’Israël (avec nuance)”.

17 October

Marie Lamensch is quoted in the article ”How Russia’s liberal tech companies became the foundation of Putin’s war effort” published in The Kyiv Independent.

Phil Gurski published a podcast episode titled “The implications of the heinous Hamas terrorist attack on Israel”.

Kyle Matthews gave radio interviews to CBC about the Israel-Hamas war on October 10 and October 17

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