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News Roundup – 30 July 2014

July 30, 2014

Is the UN peacekeeper selection process flawed? The Open Society recently supported four reports on the vetting and selection of peacekeepers which have been published in June/ July 2014:-

Bangladesh: sending death squads to keep the UN’s peace

Vetting in Nepal: challenges and issues

Nigeria: navigating secrecy in the vetting and selection of peacekeepers

India: tainting the UN’s blue helmets (NB:link broken – will be mended when fixed!)

Colombian peacetalks will fail without government concessions, warns FARC. 

UNRWA strongly condemns shelling of its school in Gaza as a serious violation of international humanitarian law. 

Deaths reported in Iraqi army raid. 

Gunned down in Mombasa, the clerics that have died. 

Military Offensives free DRC villages (see end of article for audio interview with MONUSCO military spokesperson).

Philippino rebels kill 21 villagers over peace deal. 

Ukraine rebel chief threatens to execute interviewer. 

EU probe finds crimes against humanity in Kosovo. 

Violence against Healthcare: the problem and the law

July 30, 2014

The latest edition of the International Review of the Red Cross on ‘Violence against Healthcare (1): the Problem and the Law’ could not be more topical in the light of the current conflicts in the Middle East.

Part I of this thematic issue (which can be found here) focuses on patterns of attacks against health care, based on results from health-related data collection and field studies. It also outlines the legal and ethical frameworks applicable to the provision of health care. Part II will focus on the legal, operational or policy measures that can be taken to improve access to medical care in volatile contexts.

The table of contents for part one are found below:-







New ICRC customary IHL update – 30 July 2014

July 30, 2014

Customary IHL database updateToday the most recent update was published on the ICRC customary IHL database. The most recent update integrates practice up till the end of 2010 of the following countries: Bangladesh, Ireland, Nigeria, Peru, Sri Lanka, the United States of America and Zimbabwe. Practice from Guinea has been updated up till the end of 2011 and practice from Malaysia has been updated up till the end of 2012. Practice from the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda (ICTR) and the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has also been updated, up till the end of 2010.Practice in the Treaties and Other Instruments sections has been updated up till the end of 2011.

Over on the Intercross blog, the ICRC’s Head of Project for Customary Law, Els Debuf explains why customary IHL is so important despite the existence of so many treaties already covering armed conflict. The blog advertises the fact that next week it will feature a post by an Emory professor, who is involved in reasearching and collecting US practice, about the challenges that process entails.

News Roundup – 29 July 2014

July 29, 2014

Navi Pillay: Speaking truth to power. 

I’ve never seen such devastation, so much destruction, so much blood, ICRC’s head of delegation to Israel on Gaza conflict. 

Tunnels lead right to heart of Israeli fear. 

PLO announcement of 24 hour Gaza ceasefire disavowed by Hamas. 

The flight from Mosul: we left everything behind to save our lives. 

No Eid respite for CAR muslims. 

UN human rights chief says downing of plane may be war crime, urges probe. 

A total breakdown of law and order and a reign of fear and terror have been inflicted by armed groups on the population of eastern Ukraine, according to a new report issued today by the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (see here for report).

News Roundup – 28 July 2014

July 28, 2014

Israel/ Gaza conflict: Amnesty Q&A.

Gaza officials accuse Israel of war crimes before ICC. 

Deadly blasts in Israel and Gaza threaten fragile truce. 

Rise of Islamic State tests Syrian army strategy. 

France to offer Iraqi Christians asylum. 

A Syrian rebel advance off the battlefield: A longer lasting battery for missiles. 

ICC warns of action against those who commit crimes in Libya. 

Boko Haram steps up Cameroon attacks. 

Evidence suggests Sudan armed South Sudan rebels. 

Pro-Russian rebel admits ‘we had BUK missile’. 

A Ukrainian rebel commander veers off script. 

Pushing locals aside, Russians take top rebel posts in eastern Ukraine. 

News Roundup – 24 July 2014

July 24, 2014

Human Rights Watch: Unguided Rockets Killing Civilians in Ukraine

ICRC calls on all sides in Ukraine to respect international humanitarian law (and explicitly refers to the situation as a non-international armed conflict)

Shells hit U.N.-run school sheltering evacuees in Gaza Strip

Israel Says That Hamas Uses Civilian Shields, Reviving Debate

UN sends aid to Syria without regime consent

Iraq’s Kurds want U.S. help to hold off Islamic State extremists

Iraqi security forces kill over 100 rebels

Isis militants blow up Jonah’s tomb

Isis denies ordering that all girls in Mosul undergo female genital mutilation

European Court Censures Poland Over C.I.A. Rendition Program. See here for the judgment in the Al-Nashiri case and here for the Husayn case, here for a commentary by Amnesty International, and here for a discussion by Ohlin on Opinio Juris.

News Roundup – 23 July 2014

July 23, 2014

Bombs in north Nigeria’s Kaduna kill at least 82

Fuel tanks hit in clashes near Libyan airport

Somalia MP killed in drive-by shooting

2 Ukraine Fighter Jets Shot Down as Fighting Intensifies

Ohlin at Opinio Juris on Control Matters: Ukraine & Russia and the Downing of Flight 17

Statement High Commissioner Pillay at the Human Rights Council’s Special Session: Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Post Essex Human Rights Centre blog On Targeting in the Israel-Gaza Conflict

Missing Israeli soldier, canceled flights could shift dynamic of Gaza conflict

Gaza conflict takes toll on Hamas rocket stocks and tunnels

Human Rights Watch: Civilian Toll of Iraqi Government Airstrikes



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