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40th San Remo Roundtable on IHL

July 12, 2017

The provisional programme for the 40th San Remo Roundtable on IHL has been released and is reproduced below. The roundtable will mark the 40th anniversary of the two Additional Protocols and will focus on the topic of the protection of civilians and gender violence during both armed conflict and internal violence.

It is jointly organized by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law and the International Committee of the Red Cross and will take place in Sanremo from 7 to 9 September 2017. To register for the roundtable, follow the link here.


News Roundup – 27 June – 5 July 2017

July 5, 2017

Canada to pay $10.5m to youngest Guantanamo inmate, convicted of killing US soldier

Venezuela Helicopter assault: Real attack or staged hoax?

Suspected Boko Haram militants kill nine, abduct dozens in Niger

At least 22 killed in Central African Republic clashes

Human Rights Watch report “Killing Without Consequence: War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and the Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic

Fierce fighting as East Libyan forces close in on last Benghazi holdout

Amnesty International: People ‘burned to death in homes’ by South Sudan’s government militias

See here for Amnesty’s report “South Sudan – Atrocities in Equatoria Region trun country’s breadbasket into killing field”

Raids on Uganda show South Sudan’s war spilling across its borders

U.S. conducts air strike in Somalia against al Shabaab militants

Hundreds have gone missing in eastern Ukraine’s dirty war

Trial of any MH17 suspects to be held in Dutch court

Iraqi forces recapture historic Mosul mosque, now little more than rubble

U.S.-backed forces breach the wall of Raqqa’s Old City in the heart of the ISIS capital

OPCW Fact-Finding Mission Confirms Use of Chemical Weapons in Khan Shaykhun (Syria) on 4 April 2017

Fall of Mosul: Is it the beginning of the end for ISIL?

Khamenei’s representative says Islamic state’s Baghdadi ‘definitely dead’

Former French judge to lead UN Syria war crimes probe

Philippine troops arrest Marawi militants’ ‘main financier’


Two fully funded PhDs exploring Islamist non-State actor governance

June 30, 2017

Two very interesting PhD positions are being advertised at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation which is based at Kings College London.

The project is interested in better understanding how Islamist non-state actors govern in states where the authority of traditional institutions has been eroded. This project will trace and describe emerging challenges to the conceptualisation of power, politics, authority and governance posed by Islamist non-state actors, especially since 2011. The project leaders are particularly interested in understanding how Islamic non-STate actors attempt to govern and interact with both local populations and the global system of international politics; how proto-states and governance structures develop over time, responding to political crises, war, and civil society; and the limits of Westphalian-inspired conceptions of statehood.

Click on the link above for details.

Final English translation of the Colombian peace agreement

June 18, 2017

In this post, you can find the link to the English translation of the Colombian peace agreement which has recently been put online. Please note the caveat in the text presenting the link which affirms that the translation has no legal value, and only the Spanish version is legally binding.

News Round-Up 5-11 June

June 14, 2017

Sudan holds Darfur rebels responsible for the recent clashes

S. Sudan rebel faction and government sign peace pact

Kabul In Continuing Plight Against Growing Insurgent And Terrorist Intimidations

Glimmers of hope for peace in Myanmar

Defining the Model: Understanding Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Models to Develop a Path Forward in Afghanistan

200 displaced amid combat between illegal armed groups in southwest Colombia

Colombia: Armed Groups Oppress Riverside Communities

Jihadists rise in Mindanao

Conflicts arise in central Africa as a result of SEC decision

NDFP orders Moro group, NPA to defend vs Maute, Abu Sayyaf

Colombia’s FARC rebel group 30% finished with disarmament

Former insurgent group to take part in Afghan elections

CAR: Scores dead and thousands displaced as conflict erupts in Alindao

UN envoy discusses South Sudan crisis and SPLM-N rift in Khartoum

Conflict in Thai south could be exploited by ISIS, warn analysts



News Roundup – 31 May – 6 June 2017

June 7, 2017

EU commits 50 million euros to combat militants in West Africa

France says soldiers killed 20 Islamists in Mali

Instability Widens in Mali and the Sahel Region of Africa

Children strapped with explosives kill nine in north Cameroon

‘Tunisia militants behead shepherd near Algeria border’

East Libyan forces advance in strategic oasis towns

Freed Gadaffi son remains under guard for his protection

‘SLM-TC rejects negotiations with the Sudanese government’

Young South Sudanese artists hope music and art can relieve suffering of war

Al Shabaab claims bomb attack on Somali police station

Madrid to Manchester to London: A chronology of terror in Europe

US arms Syrian Kurdish militia in fight against ‘Islamic State’ (IS)

UN: ISIL kills 163 people in Mosul in one day Read more…

Breaking: Arrest of wife of Charles Taylor in London for war crimes

June 2, 2017

Today British police charged Agnes Taylor with torture for her alleged involvement with atrocities committed by Charles Taylor’s rebel group, the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), during the first Liberian Civil War.

Charles Taylor, who brought civil war to Liberia with the NPFL’s invasion in 1989 and who was President of Liberia from 1997-2003, was convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2012 for planning, aiding and abetting the commission by the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) of crimes such as acts of terrorism, murder and rape in Sierra Leone. He is currently serving a 50-year sentence.

Charles Taylor, however, has never been held accountable for his crimes committed in Liberia because the Liberian authorities have made no effort to investigate and prosecute crimes committed over a decade of civil war that claimed well over 150 000 lives, most of whom were civilians.

This landmark case marks the second time someone formerly associated with the NPFL has been charged with crimes committed during Liberia’s civil wars. The first case involved NPFL front line Commander Martina Johnson who was arrested in Belgium in September 2014 for her alleged role in wartime atrocities.

The Geneva-based organization Civitas Maxima and the Monrovia-based Global Justice and Research Project (GJRP) provided the initial information to the UK authorities, which led to the Metropolitan Police Service commencing an investigation. Police say Agnes Taylor, whose residence was given as east London, was arrested Thursday by the force’s war crimes team. She is due to appear in a London court on Saturday.