Migrants in Hungary and the Role of Grassroots Groups


Friday, June 5, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:15pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

Introducing activism through the lens of a solidarity group in Hungary.


  • Aiski Ryokas | Activist
  • Aliz Pocsuvalszki | Activist
  • Mussa Kilam | Activist 
  • Amy Rodgers | Activist 
  • Camille Tournebize | Activist 
  • Aniko Bakonyi (co-moderator) | Topol Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy 
  • Erica Chenoweth (co-moderator) | Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.


Aiski Ryokas was an activist in Migszol between 2013-2018, while also involved in organizing demonstrations for academic freedom in Hungary in 2017. She now works for LGBTQIA+ rights in Finland.

Aliz Pocsuvalszki was an activist in Migszol between 2014-2018. She is a teacher, currently working with education and marginalized groups in Hungary

Mussa Kilam a refugee from Eritrea and was an activist in Migszol between 2014-2018. Currently he works as a “Baker and track coordinator” at OLIve Weekend Program.

Amy Rodgers was an activist in Migszol between 2014-2016. Based in Beirut, she currently works as a humanitarian policy advisor on the Syrian Crisis.

Camille Tournebize was a Migszol activist between 2012 and 2017. She now provides legal counseling to foreigners in Lyon (France) for an organization supporting homeless people.

Aniko Bakonyi is a human rights defender from Budapest, Hungary. For the past eight years, she has been working for the Refugee Program of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee as a Senior Program Officer. Her work focuses on protecting the rights of refugees through human rights monitoring, counselling, advocacy, and reporting. In her professional life, Aniko has worked with victims of human trafficking, Roma and Jewish Holocaust survivors and their families, and refugees arriving in Hungary from all over the world. Since 2018, she serves as a board member of the Berlin-based EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, with a membership of 160 organizations from the EU and Russia. Aniko’s interests have always centered around social justice, protecting and empowering disadvantaged groups in society. She holds an MA in Human Rights from the Central European University in Budapest. Aniko is currently a Mid-Career MPA student and a Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and is expected to graduate in 2020. She is one of the organizers of the Dubin Leadership Field Experience trip to the US-Mexico border.

Erica Chenoweth  is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her research focuses on political violence and its alternatives. Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013. She also won the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, given annually by the International Studies Association to the scholar under 40 who has made the most significant impact on the field of international politics or peace research. Her next book, Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2020), explores in an accessible and conversational style what civil resistance is, how it works, why it sometimes fails, how violence and repression affect it, and the long-term impacts of such resistance.


Virtual Event Details:
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.

Registration Closed