IRIN News: Talking to the Taliban, again
Aurel Sari on the ECHR’s Jaloud v Netherlands: New Directions in Extra-Territorial Military Operations
Brookings Institute analysis: The origins of ISIS.
Outrage over UAE’s new terror list which includes several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of “terrorist organizations” together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State.
International Crisis Group report: Mali peace negotiations:last chance in Algiers.
Global Terrorism Index 2014 includes the following key facts:-
- 17,958 people were killed in terrorist attacks last year, that’s 61% more than the previous year.
- 82% of all deaths from terrorist attack occur in just 5 countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria.
- Last year terrorism was dominated by four groups: the Taliban, Boko Haram, ISIL, and al Qa’ida.
- More than 90% of all terrorist attacks occur in countries that have gross human rights violations.
- 40 times more people are killed by homicides than terrorist attacks
Missing persons commission set up in Sri Lanka to look at the following (see extract from public notice below):
A. In this connection, the Commission is hereby required to investigate and report on the following specific issues:
The principle facts and circumstances that led to the loss of civilian life during the internal armed conflict that ended on the 19th May 2009, and whether any person, group or institution directly or indirectly bears responsibility in this regard by reason of a violation or violations of international humanitarian law or international human rights law. Whether such loss of Civilian life is capable of constituting collateral damage of a kind that occurs in the prosecution of proportionate attacks against targeted military objectives in armed conflicts and is expressly recognized under the laws of armed conflict and international humanitarian law, and whether such civilian casualties were either the deliberate or unintended consequence of the rules of engagement during the said armed conflict in Sri Lanka.
The adherence to or neglect of the principles of distinction, military necessity and proportionality under the laws of armed conflict and international humanitarian law, by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.
Whether the LTTE as a non-state actor was subject to international humanitarian law in the conduct of its military operations.
The use by the LTTE of civilians as human shields and the extent to which such action constitutes a violation of international humanitarian law or international human rights law, and did or may have significantly contributed to the loss of civilian life.
B. The recruitment of child soldiers by the LTTE or illegal armed groups-affiliated with the LTTE or any political party in violation of international humanitarian law or international human rights law.
C. International criminal activities of the LTTE and the application of financial and other resources obtained through such illegal activities in the prosecution of the conventional and guerilla war in Sri Lanka by the LTTE.
D. The suicide attacks by LTTE using child soldiers and other combatants under the direct orders of the leader of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran or any persons acting on his behalf, and the culpability for such actions under the international humanitarian law or international human rights law.
It is stated that the Commission will accept complaints of incidents that occurred up to 19th May 2009 as set out in section 4.359 of the LLRC report.
UN report: Islamic State commanders liable for mass war crimes. The Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, called “Rule of Terror: Living under ISIS in Syria” of 14 November 2014, is available here.