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News Roundup – 24 April 2014

April 24, 2014

ICRC course on international humanitarian law for professionals in the humanitarian sector – 11-17th May in Belgium.

Colombia ICRC says peace may solve mystery of disappeared.

Ban Ki-moon says failure of warring parties to provide access is flagrant violation of international humanitarian law.

French jihadists in Syria and cyber indoctrination.

Syria crisis: UK police urge Muslim women to report relatives planning to join war.

South Sudan massacre ‘an abomination’.

South Sudan drops treason charges against four ‘plotters’.

Job Vacancy – Legal Adviser at Geneva Call

April 24, 2014

Geneva CallGeneva Call is recruiting a legal adviser to support their projects relating to international humanitarian law and international human rights law. The deadline for applications is 30th April 2014 and the preferred start date is 1 June 2014.

The legal adviser will be based at Geneva Call’s office in Geneva but will be expected to travel frequently to target countries and their responsibilities will be as follows:-

  • Contribute to, and support, the implementation of Geneva Call’s IHL/IHRL related projects in target countries;
  • Provide legal support and advice on IHL/IHRL related issues;
  • Deliver training on IHL/IHRL to target audiences;
  • Build capacity of Geneva Call’s staff and partners on IHL/IHRL;
  • Manage Geneva Call’s IHL/IHRL trainer consultant pool;
  • Develop IHL/IHRL related training material;
  • Conduct relevant legal research;
  • Liaise with relevant partners, donors and other stakeholders;
  • Follow up and participate in, where appropriate, relevant international legal processes;
  • Lead or assist in project design and management, monitoring and evaluation, including the preparation of proposals and reports as well as the identification of partners;
  • Support global advocacy and fundraising efforts;
  • Provide other programme or project-related support, including administrative support as required;
  • Perform other duties as required;
  • Record and archive material related to his/her responsibilities and activities.

Geneva Call are looking for the following qualifications for the post:

  • Advanced university degree in international law, with specialization in IHL and IHRL; knowledge of Islamic Law would be an asset;
  • At least 5 years of work experience in protection issues, preferably in IHL and IHLR issues, including a minimum of 2 years field experience; military background would be an asset;
  • Sound working knowledge of IHL/IHRL and relevant protection frameworks, in particular on gender protection;
  • Proven experience and capacity in advocacy, training, capacity-building, project design and management;
  • Experience in working with armed non-State actors;
  • Ability to analyze information, to evaluate options and to plan strategically;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, organization and presentation skills;
  • Proficiency in English and in French (both oral and written); Spanish and/or Arabic will be an asset
  • Capacity to work independently and with minimum supervision, and as a part of a multicultural team;
  • Capacity to work under pressure and to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Willingness to travel frequently to high risk locations, including conflict areas;
  • Demonstrable computer literacy.

The job description and conditions are found here.

News Roundup – 23 April 2014

April 23, 2014

Part III on the series examining the future of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force on the Intercross Blog: the domestic law implications of repealing the AUMF.

ONE ON ONE: Luis Moreno Ocampo on Syria and war crimes.

Syria: UN chiefs make impassioned plea to save besieged civilians.

‘Massive and unprecedented’ US drone strikes in Yemen in pursuit of Al-Qaida lead to retaliatory assassinations of four Yemeni security officers.

Mali group says French hostage dead.

Boko Haram will continue to rampage while Nigeria tackles accountability.

African troops capture junior LRA commander.

‘My healing has begun’: Uganda votes to provide gender-sensitive reparations fund.

Uganda says Islamist rebel leader has fled eastern Congo.

South Sudan leader rejects massacre claims.

South Sudan: Ethnic killings spiralling.


News Roundup – 21/22nd April 2014

April 22, 2014

US drones and Yemni forces kill Al-Qaida linked fighters, officials say.

Rebel group frees French journalists captured in Syria.

British rebel fighter offers rare insight into daily life of foreign jihadists.

UN mission in South Sudan condemns ethnic killings in Bentiu.

South Sudan rebels deny slaughter claim.

South Sudan urges Sudan to stop attacks by armed groups.

Chibok abductions in Nigeria: ‘More than 230 seized’.

Nepal activists flay reconciliation bill.

Suspected militant, son killed in Thailand’s South.

Philippine troops, rebels to fight kidnappings.

KLA war crimes hearings to begin in the Netherlands.

News Roundup – 18 April 2014

April 19, 2014

CIA torture architect breaks silence to defend ‘enhanced interrogation

Unprecedented wave of terror divides Nigerians

Nigeria Fears Captive Girls Will Be Held as Sex Slaves

UN says 58 killed in attack on UN base in South Sudan

Separatist Leader Vows to Ignore Deal Reached on Ukraine

Ukraine accepts ICC jurisdiction over alleged crimes committed between 21 November 2013 and 22 February 2014

Detention of Taliban commander by UAE disrupts Afghan peace talks

Can the Taliban make a comeback?

News Roundup – 17 April 2014

April 17, 2014

Fears in Cameroon of Boko Haram recruitment

Fate of 115 Abducted Nigerian Girls Unknown

South Sudan attack on UN base leaves dozens injured

Ukrainian Forces Kill 3 Pro-Russian Demonstrators

India struggles with rebel threats during election

Unclear path for Sri Lankan war probe

Civilian Wounded in Papua Border Shooting

News Roundup – 15-16 April 2014

April 16, 2014

Human Rights Watch: Escalating Communal Violence in Nigeria

Closing arguments in al-Sweady inquiry: according to claimants ‘British soldiers violated Geneva conventions’

ICTY trial chamber rejects Mladić’s request for half-way acquittal

Congo militia leader ‘Morgan’ surrenders according to DRC government

South Sudan conflict: Pro-Machar forces ‘seize’ Bentiu

UN Security Council members view graphic photos of Syria dead

Rebel videos show first U.S.-made rockets in Syria

How Researchers Use Social Media To Map The Conflict In Syria

Jordanian warplanes destroy vehicles trying to cross from Syria

As Syrian army steps up Homs offensive, rebels look for exit or prepare for final fight

Germany sees ‘signs’ Russia backing militias in Ukraine

Violence data show spike during Afghan presidential election

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warns Nepal against amnesty for civil war crimes

MILF Rebel leader cautions Philippine army


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