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News Roundup – 19th-24th April 2015

April 24, 2015

General non-international armed conflict:

Interview with ICRC President on international engagement. 

Barking up the wrong tree: how not to save the British Armed Forces from legal defeat. 

Chatham house event video: Negotiating with Terrorists. 


In Bögota, UN chief says ‘peace is only option’ in Colombia. 

Are women key to peace in Colombia?


Pakistan uses hostage killing to underline risk of drone strikes.


Taliban launch Spring offensive. 


Syrian opposition groups reject UN sexual crimes accusations. 


Saudis launch new air strikes, as US concerns grow about Yemen war. 


Ethiopia mourns barbaric killing of Christians by ISIL.


Kenya’s anti-terror border wall sparks heated debate. 


International Crisis Group briefing: chaos in Darfur. 


CAR – decisive step in the transition process. 

Central African Republic establishes special criminal court. 


Ntaganda case to start in July 2015. 

South Sudan:

South Sudan army repels attack on Malakal. 


Ukraine crisis: rebel leader warns truce could fail. 

News Roundup – Week of 13-17 April

April 18, 2015


Colombia’s president wants rebels to set deadline for peace

International Crisis Group: A Dangerous Setback in Colombia

Geneva Call: New steps in Geneva Call’s discussions with the FARC-EP delegation in Havana


Nigeria/Boko Haram:

Amnesty International report: ‘Our Job is to Shoot, Slaughter and Kill’: Boko Haram’s reign of terror in North-East Nigeria

Boko Haram attacks 2 villages in Cameroon, kills 12

“I’ve seen the Taliban’s brutality in Afghanistan. Boko Haram might be worse.”



Ten said to be killed in new fighting in Libya’s Benghazi

Deaths reported in fighting near Libya’s capital

Talks resume between Libyan rivals in Morocco



‘The deepest circle of hell:’ Terrified Yarmouk residents describe ISIS raid

Rebels in Syria bombard government-held part of Aleppo

Syria Steps Up Airstrikes in Rebel-Held Areas of Aleppo

Tracking Syria’s deadly toxic chemical attacks

Thousands of Iraqis flee as Islamic State makes gains in Sunni heartland

Iraqis unearth mass graves in city where Islamic State ruled

Deadly blast hits US consulate in Erbil

ISIL fighters overrun several villages in western Iraq

According to UN Report Sexual Violence Becomes Favorite Tool Of Torture For Extremist Groups Like ISIS And Boko Haram

Iraqi forces fight IS militants at gates of Anbar provincial capital



Yemen conflict: UN places arms embargo on Houthi rebels

Yemeni rebel mortar attack kills 3 Saudi border guards

Al-Qaeda seizes airport in eastern Yemen

ICRC: ICRC prevented from delivering medical assistance to people in Maareb (Yemen)

Yemeni Army Tries to Safeguard Oil Fields as Qaeda Fighters Advance

Human Rights Watch: Fighting in Yemen Damages Hospital and Factory Airstrike Killed 31 Civilians

Human Rights Watch asks Saudi Coalition/US to Curb Civilian Harm in Yemen



Searching for Peace and Justice in Guatemala

Taking female armed rebels seriously

Human Rights Watch: Cluster Bombs Used in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

U.S. Army Trainers Arrive in Ukraine

Ukraine military, rebels accuse each other of increased attacks

Deadly suicide bombings hit Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

Philippine government: Bangsamoro law will also result in disarmament of other armed groups


Two posts on Just Security on the killing, allegedly by a US drone, of Ibrahim al-Rubaysan, an alleged leading cleric of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the question whether such a cleric can constitute a legitimate military target: by Gabor Rona and Ryan Goodman

International Criminal Court Summer School 2015 – 15-19 June 2015

April 13, 2015

This year’s ICC Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights will take place from 15-19 June 2015 at NUI Galway, Ireland. The Summer School comprises a series of intensive and interactive lectures over five days given by leading academics and legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures, operations, and applicable law. Specific topics covered include international crimes (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity & aggression), jurisdiction, modes of liability, the role of victims and prosecutorial discretion. This year’s Summer School will include a special session on Palestine and the International Criminal Court, which will involve the participation of the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland, Ambassador Ahmad Abdelrazek. The Summer School is suited to postgraduate students, legal professionals, journalists and staff of civil society or intergovernmental organisations.

The 2015 ICC Summer School faculty includes:

Professor William Schabas – Middlesex University & Irish Centre for Human Rights

Professor Kevin Jon Heller – School of Oriental and African Studies, London

Dr. Fabricio Guariglia – Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court

Dr. Mohamed M. El Zeidy – Pre-Trial Chamber II at the International Criminal Court

Dr. Rod Rastan – Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court

Professor Ray Murphy – Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway

Professor Don Ferencz, Visiting Professor, School of Law, Middlesex University; Research Associate, Oxford University Faculty of Law Centre for Criminology

Dr. Kwadwo Appiagyei Atua – University of Ghana and University of Lincoln

Dr. Michael Kearney – School of Law, Sussex University

Dr. Noelle Higgins – Senior Lecturer, Law Department Maynooth University

Ms. Salma Karmi-Ayyoub – Barrister, London

Dr. Nadia Bernaz – School of Law, Middlesex University

Mr. John McManus – Canadian Department of Justice

Professor Megan A. Fairlie – Florida International University

Dr. Mohamed Badar – Northumbria University, United Kingdom

Dr. Shane Darcy – Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway

The deadline for availing of the early bird registration fee of €400 has been extended until 20 April 2015, with the fee for registrations after that date being €450. The closing date for registrations is 30 May 2015. The registration fee includes all course materials, all lunches and refreshments, a social activity and a closing dinner. The registration fee also includes a complimentary copy of: William A. Schabas, Introduction to the International Criminal Court (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 4th ed.).

To register and for more information, please visit the summer school website at:

Should you have any queries, please email:

News Roundup – 9 April 2015

April 9, 2015

ICC Prosecutor says ISIS is outside ICC’s jurisdiction. 

ISIS releases over 200 Iraqi Yazidis. 

Women, violence and conflict in Pakistan. 

Human Rights Council calls for the investigation of the atrocities committed by Boko Haram. 

Oil rich delta poses first test for Nigeria’s new leader. 

Reparative justice after the Lubanga Appeals Judgment on Principles and Procedures of Reparation. 

Rival CAR groups sign ceasefire. 

Rwandan rebel group kills 10 soldiers in deadly ambush. 

News Roundup – 8 April 2015

April 8, 2015

Statement by the Prosecutor of the ICC on the alleged crimes by ISIS. 

A sledgehammer to civilisation: Islamic State’s war on culture. 

US steps up arms for Saudi led coalition campaign in Yemen. 

HRW: Q & A on the conflict in Yemen. 

Trapped civilians more desperate than ever amid fighting in Yarmouk camp, warns UN chief. 

Myanmar government and armed groups draft historic ceasefire agreement. 

News Roundup – 16-20 March 2015

March 21, 2015

Colombian rebels threaten to end unilateral truce

UN: Neo-paramilitary groups pose biggest threat to security and human rights in Colombia

Armed groups want new talks on Mali peace accord

Nigerian Army Noticeably Absent in Town Taken From Boko Haram

Congolese Lessons for the Great Lakes

SPLM-N (Sudan) Proposes ‘Ceasefire On Humanitarian Grounds’

UNICEF: South Sudan children ‘increasingly abducted to fight war’

UN: Darfur security, humanitarian situations ‘deteriorated significantly’

Air attack on Tripoli airport delays peace delegation

Human Rights Watch: Militia Attacks Destroy Villages, Displace Thousands in Iraq

Info graphic “After ISIS Retreats in Iraq, Evidence of Shiite Retaliation”

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OHCHR finds ISIS’s acts of violence against Yazidis may constitute ‘genocide’

March 20, 2015

A new report was Pages from Report on ISIS genocid 20 March 2015published yesterday by OHCHR on the human rights situation in Iraq in the light of abuses committed by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and associated groups. Its conclusions were as follows:-

  • Members of ISIL may have perpetrated genocide against the Yezidi community by killing, causing serious bodily or mental harm and forcibly transferring members of the group, including children, in the context of a manifest pattern of conduct aimed at the destruction of the group.
  • Members of ISIL may have committed crimes against humanity by perpetrating: murder, enslavement, deportation or forcible transfer of population, severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape, sexual slavery, sexual violence and persecution, committed as part of widespread or systematic attacks directed against civilian populations pursuant to or in furtherance of an organisational policy to commit such attacks.
  •  – Members of ISIL may have committed war crimes by perpetrating: murder, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture, outrages upon personal dignity, taking of hostages, the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgement pronounced by a regularly constituted court, directing attacks against the civilian population, directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, historic monuments, pillaging a town or place, committing rape, sexual slavery, and other forms of sexual violence, conscripting or enlisting children under the age  of 15 years or using them to participate actively in hostilities, ordering the displacement of the civilian population, destroying or seizing the property of an adversary.
  •  – ISIL is perpetrating serious human rights violations in areas which are under its de facto control; including torture, cruel and inhuman treatment, and extrajudicial killings.
  •  – While more information is needed on the link between the militia and the Government, some incidents addressed in the report point, at the very least, to a failure on part of the Government to exercise due diligence as regards its obligation to protect persons under its jurisdiction. Member of ISF and affiliated armed groups may have committed war crimes by perpetrating: murder, cruel treatment and torture, taking of hostages, directing attacks against the civilian population, pillaging a town or place, ordering the displacement of the civilian population, destroying or seizing the property of an adversary.

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