By flooding social media platforms with false information, it makes it harder to know what to believe, particularly for users with lower digital literacy skills, and it can have negative effects on people’s faith in their government and democratic systems

The article originally appeared in The Hill Times

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam has repeatedly warned Canadians to turn to trusted sources regarding information on COVID-19. The pandemic has demonstrated the true cost of disinformation as we watch loved ones fall victim to health-related hoaxes, conspiracy theories, and influence operations meant to destroy our trust in democratic systems The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

By flooding social media platforms with false information, it makes it harder to know what to believe, particularly for users with lower digital literacy skills, and it can have negative effects on people’s faith in their government and democratic systems.

On March 20, rallies to protest COVID-19 restrictions were organized worldwide. Several of these so-called “freedom rallies” took place in Canada, including in Calgary, London, Victoria, and Vancouver. The previous weekend, thousands took to the streets in Montreal to protest lockdown measures that have been put in place by the Quebec government…


MIGS’ executive Director Kyle Matthews joined several lawyers and genocide scholars challenging a recent piece published by the Economist. MIGS’ Digital Fellow, Ewelina U. Ochab also signed the letter.

Letter to the Economist

On February 13, 2021, The Economist ran a piece, “Genocide” is the wrong word for the horrors of Xinjiang, making several claims that are erroneous and need to be addressed. Genocide is not a word that should be used lightly. However, it does not mean that it should not be used. …


News Release

MIGS’ Executive Director Kyle Matthews co-signed to open letter.

For immediate release

Ottawa, February 8, 2021

Source: Coalition for the Rohingya

SENATORS, MNAS, COUNCILLORS, HUMAN RIGHTS AND REFUGEE GROUPS CALL FOR URGENT ACTION FOR THE ROHINGYA

A national coalition today wrote to Foreign Minister Marc Garneau pleading for Canada to act urgently for the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities now under direct threat from the military following the coup d’état in Myanmar, and to renew the Canadian funding for the Rohingya set to expire this March.

The coalition includes nine members of the Senate (Marilou McPhedran, Ratna Omidvar, Mobina Jaffer, Wanda Thomas Bernard, Nancy Hartling, Mohamed —…


MIGS and 35 other civil society organisations (CSOs) have written to the European Institutions calling for the inclusion of enforceable human rights clauses in the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) ahead of the upcoming Plenary session of the European Parliament.

36 Civil Society Organisations call for stronger human rights safeguards in EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

In view of the upcoming Plenary session of the European Parliament, today a coalition of 36 civil society organisations (CSOs) have launched a Joint Appeal to the European Institutions calling for the inclusion of enforceable human rights clauses in the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement…


Brussels, 13 January 2021

President of the European Commission, Ms. Ursula von der Leyen

President of the European Council, Mr. Charles Michel

European Commissioner for Trade, Mr. Valdis Dombrovskis

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mr. Josep Borrell

President of the European Parliament, Mr. David Sassoli

Members of the European Parliament

On December 30, 2020, the European Commission announced an agreement in principle on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). The launch of negotiations on CAI was announced at the 16th EU-China Summit in November 2013. Since then, the number of reports of gross…


This article is part of a publication by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA and published in the Zeitschrift zur Aussenpolitik “Politorbis” (Politorbis Nr. 68–1 / 2020). This magazine on Swiss foreign policy publishes articles written by experts.

Kyle Matthews[1] and Daniel Twijuke[2]

Mass atrocity crimes, notably genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing, continue to plague numerous countries and remain a serious threat to human rights today. …


On September 27th and during a global pandemic, Azerbaijan launched an unprovoked large-scale offensive on Nagorno-Karabagh, also known as Artsakh in Armenian, thereby violating the ceasefire which was in place since 1994.

The world has been witnessing this ongoing conflict for the past thirty years, from the Sumgait and Baku pogroms (1988, 1990) to the shelling of civilian villages and cities currently underway. As we know, Azerbaijan enjoys the full military and diplomatic support of Erdoğan’s Turkey; and it should be particularly alarming for the international community that this aggression is being led jointly by Turkey and Azerbaijan, the only…


Joint NGO Statement to Commemorate International Justice Day, 17 July 2020

An Iraqi girl from the Shabak community walks past a damaged house, which was destroyed by the Daesh extremists, in the village of Baz Gerkan, east of Mosul, on January 10 (AFP photo)

Following its capture of Mosul on 10 June 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began to target northern Iraq’s ethno-religious minorities, as well as members of the Sunni community who stood in opposition or were perceived to be insufficiently supportive of ISIS and its ideology. In August 2014 ISIS swept across Sinjar and the Nineveh Plains, attacking indigenous Yazidis, Christians (including ethnic Assyrians), Turkmen and other ethno-religious minorities. ISIS went to considerable lengths to eliminate the Yazidi people, killing the men and adolescent boys, and abducting thousands of women and children. Young boys were indoctrinated and forced…


SHENG Xue

On 9 June, MIGS hosted an online conference titled “China at a Crossroads: Standing up for Human Rights during the Pandemic.” SHENG Xue wanted us to share her speech. The video of the conference is available on our YouTube channel.

一, 不同时期不同情况下发生的人权迫害案件

First, 1. Human rights persecution cases in different situations in different periods

1, Dr. WANG Bingzhang王炳章

Two days later, it will be 18 years that Dr. Wang Bingzhang was kidnapped by the CCP back to China from Vietnam and sentenced to life and imprisoned in solitary confinement.

Dr. Wang came to Canada studied in McGill University


(MIGS is one of the signatories of the Open Letter. Also available the Auschwitz Institute’s website)

Dear Governmental Partners in Prevention,

As we remember the victims of past genocides and other mass atrocities over the course of Genocide Awareness Month this April, the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world that are dedicated to the prevention of such crimes are urging you to continue supporting our shared mission during the global COVID-19 Pandemic.

This global emergency will hit the world’s vulnerable and most marginalized hardest. The crisis also threatens the future of many of the very organizations that serve to prevent…

MIGS

Montreal Institute for genocide and human rights studies: Canadian think-and-do tank on human rights & prevention of mass atrocities and violent extremism

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