Newsletter - July 2023
MIGS co-signed an open letter urging UN member states to vote in favor of the establishment of an independent institution on missing persons in Syria.
MIGS Executive Director Kyle Matthews and Program and Outreach Coordinator Marie Lamensch co-signed an open letter calling the international community to act and prevent another genocide from happening in Sudan considering the escalation of the conflict and the warnings exposed.
MIGS hosted a session at RightsCon in Costa Rica titled “Social Media Hate Machine: Can digital peace be achieved?”. MIGS’ Project Leader Lauren Salim facilitated the 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’ Program and Outreach Coordinator Marie Lamensch gave a class on digital authoritarianism as part of the Collège Brébeuf’s Journée Internationale.
As part of MIGS ongoing project on Ukraine, MIGS hosted a Twitter Spaces titled “Ukraine: AI vs. OSINT” featuring Alexa Koenig (Co-Executive Director and Co-Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley) and Belkis Wille (Associate Director, Crisis and Conflict division, Human Rights Watch). The discussion was moderated by MIGS Fellow Liam Maloney and Kyle Matthews. You can listen to the recording on Apple Podcast or Spotify.
MIGS Youth Fellow Michaela de Toldi attended the launch of ‘The Napoli Women in Communities Plan of Action’. The event was organized by the UN Office of the Special adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the Permanent Mission of Italy.
MIGS Fellow Joana Cook was a guest speaker at a conference organized by the EU funded PREPARE project titled “Engaging with children from families affiliated with violent extremism”. The discussion is available as a podcast here and on YouTube.
MIGS Fellow Fannie Lafontaine contributed to a comic book titled “Genocide in Canada within a legal framework.” Radio-Canada published an article about the book in an article titled “« Génocide au Canada » : quand une bande dessinée vaut mille « maux »”.
Student Fellow Michaela de Toldi attended a conference organized by the UN Office on the Genocide Prevention and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco titled “Showcasing champions of good practices on tackling hate speech from across the world”.
MIGS hosted the final roundtable of the Digital Peace Project. To mark the International Day for Countering Hate Speech, the event focused on online hate and incitement to violence directed at racial and ethnic minorities. Speakers included Fernand de Varennes (UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues), MIGS Fellow Naomi Kikoler (Director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum), Ronan Lee (Loughborough University London), and Alice Wairimu Nderitu (UN Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide). The video is available here. The discussion is also available on Apple podcast and Spotify.
Naomi Kikoler delivered remarks at the Simon-Skjodt Center's event “Living Under Threat: Civilians Across Burma” held at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. The event also featured Myra Dahgaypaw (Senior Partnership Officer for International Justice and Accountability, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee), Wai Wai Nu (Founder and Executive Director, Women’s Peace Network), Gum San Nsang (President, Kachin Alliance) Rosalinn Zahau (Advocacy Team Member, Chin Human Rights Organization) and Tom Andrews (UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar).
Project Leader Lauren Salim attended “Exposing Corruption: Impact and Implications of Grand Corruption in Venezuela” hosted by Freedom House.
MIGS hosted a Twitter Spaces discussion on Germany’s New Security Strategy and the War in Ukraine with Benjamin Tallis (German Council on Foreign Relations) and Ulrike Franke (European Council on Foreign Relations). The discussion was part of MIGS' Ukraine Initiative supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Canada.
MIGS Fellow Mark Kersten spoke at the OSCE PA Annual Session 2023 on “Mobilisation for Justice in Ukraine” alongside Rachel Denber (Deputy Director Europe and Central Asia Division), Gunnar M. Ekelove Sldal (Deputy Secretary General Norwegian Helsinki Committee), Mykyta Poturaiev (Head of the Ukrainian Delegation) and moderated by Siv Mossleth (Head of the Norwegian Delegation).
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