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News Roundup – 5th-12th February 2018

February 13, 2018

Red Cross says budget higher because of protracted conflicts

Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

Two Turkish troops killed as helicopter downed

Islamic State ‘Beatles’ duo ‘should be tried at The Hague

Kashmir gunfight enters second day, five soldiers dead

Kurdistan Regional Government: Allegations of Mass Executions

Deadly mosque blast hits Libya’s Benghazi

Yemen’s rebel-held capital, stalemated war rages on

Exclusive: ‘We are in a war’ – Cameroon unrest confronted by army offensive

Children recount traua of abduction after mass release by South Sudan rebels

More than 300 child soldiers released by armed groups in South Sudan – UN mission

Mali’s myriad armed groups prevent stability

Congo rebel leader extradited from Tanzania to face trial

Colombia’s ELN plans blockade to protest peace talks suspension

Colombia ELN rebel attack on Cano Limon pipeline extends pumping halt

News Roundup – 22-29th January 2018

January 29, 2018

The bureaucracy of evil: how Islamic State won a city (Part I).

Syrian rebels put their own aims aside to fight Turkey’s battles

Rescuers in rebel-held Syrian area accuse government of gas attack

FSA commander says 25,000 Syrian rebels back Turkish force in Syria

Iraqi court sentences first foreign woman affiliated with IS to death

Al Qaeda head blames Islamists for failure of Arab uprisings

Why attack Afghan civilians? Creating chaos rewards Taliban.

Analysis: US Treasury Department reveals new details about the Taliban’s network

Kabul: bomb hidden in ambulance kills dozens

Peace Process Stalls in Afghan Province

Isis claims attack on Save the Children office in Afghanistan

Libya’s militia culture must be demobilised

UAE-backed group vows to ‘overthrow’ Yemen’s government

Ambush on Mali Army Camp Leaves 14 Soldiers and 17 Attackers Dead

Why some Malians join armed groups

Colombia’s FARC launch 2018 campaign with anti-poverty pledge

Myanmar to sign ceasefire with two rebel groups amid decades of conflict

Northern Ireland militant splinter group says it will end violent campaign

News Roundup – 15-22nd January 2018

January 24, 2018

Shovels: Lawful Weapons or War Crime?

Turkey deploys thousands of FSA rebels at Syria border

Syrian war: Reports of chlorine gas attack on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

Kabul hotel attack: guests ‘sprayed with bullets as they ran’

Analysis: Could Taliban finally return to Afghan peace talks? Obstacles abound

Taliban Fighters Using High-Tech Gear Kill Afghan Forces

HRW accuses Saudi Arabia of repression despite reforms

Monitor says 450 Yemeni civilians killed in December

PLO’s Central Council revised agenda leaked

Libya: Impunity Drives Violence

Once again, thanks goes to Sam Jackson for the preparation of this news roundup.

News Roundup – 8-15th January 2018

January 15, 2018

Financing armed groups during ceasefires

The Independent Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission: Has the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Awoken?

Turkey to launch imminent Syria operation against YPG

Syria: UN rights chief condemns spike in civilian casualties in ‘de-escalation’ areas

Talks with rebels in no-man’s land as Russia eyes post-war role in Syria

Syrian government must allow 529 sick and injured civilians out of Eastern Ghouta

Syria monitor: Over 20 killed in Idlib car bomb blast

Car bomb blast in Sidon wounds Hamas member

Armed Kurdish groups want disputed territory back in Iraq

Israel using electricity to blackmail Gaza

Kashmir civilian, rebel killed during anti-India fighting

Rohingya insurgents say 10 found in Myanmar grave ‘innocent civilians’

Colombia’s ELN rebels resume attacks as ceasefire expires

Colombia’s community leader assassinations up 45% in 2017

Once again, our thanks go to Sam Jackson for the compilation of this news roundup.

News Roundup – 1-7th January 2018

January 9, 2018

2018: British Armed Drone Operations Reach a Crossroads

Will Syria see a political solution in 2018?

Syria war: ‘Russian strikes’ kill 25 in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

Syrian rebel shelling destroys at least seven Russian planes, report says

Syrian army preparing assault to end rebel siege of base east of capital

Huge jihadist-led combined rebel army forming in northwest Syria: opposition sources

Syrian subgroups merge to form new National Army under Turkey’s guidance

Terrorist Bodies as Bargaining Chips: Alyan v. The Military Commander in the West Bank

Old Dogs, New Tricks: Urban Warfare in Turkey’s War with the PKK

When it comes to protecting children in war zones, the UK should set an example by ending arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Norway suspends arms sales to UAE over Yemen war

Post-Saleh guerrilla conflicts leave scores of civilians dead

Yemen: Rebel-run court sentences Baha’i man to death

South Sudan Rebel Attacks Have Killed 34 People Since Beginning of Year

Eight dead as rebels storm Kashmir paramilitary camp

Bomb blast kills four police officers in Kashmir

Myanmar’s cockpit of anarchy

Thanks to Sam Jackson for the preparation of this news roundup.

New volume of Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law – on armed groups and international law

December 22, 2017

The new volume of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law focuses on the theme of armed groups and international humanitarian law.

The general theme of the latest volume of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law is armed groups and the challenges arising from the participation of such groups in contemporary armed conflicts. It is elaborated upon in several chapters, addressing the organisation criterion, respect for and compliance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law, targeted sanctions and accountability issues, among other things. See contents below:-

Welcome on Board: Improving Respect for International Humanitarian Law Through the Engagement of Armed Non-State Actors

Contemporary armed conflicts are characterised by an increase of violence against civilians and a lack of compliance with international humanitarian law (IHL) by both states and armed non-state actors (ANSAs)….

Annyssa Bellal in Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law Volume 19, 2016 (2018)

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Crime-Based Targeted Sanctions: Promoting Respect for International Humanitarian Law by the Security Council

The UN Security Council (Security Council) has the task to maintain and restore the international peace and security. As a part of this task, it has the competence to impose targeted sanctions against individu…

Hilde D. Roskam in Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law Volume 19, 2016 (2018)

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Armed Groups and Procedural Accountability: A Roadmap for Further Thought

This chapter investigates the meaning of the term “accountability”, as it is used in policy discussions surrounding armed groups. It takes a detailed look at literature from public administration on the concep…

Katharine Fortin in Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law Volume 19, 2016 (2018)

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Compliance with International Humanitarian Law by Non-State Armed Groups: How Can It Be Improved?

How can compliance of non-state armed groups with international humanitarian law (IHL) be improved? In answering this question, this chapter presents a political science perspective and approach to achieve thr…

Hyeran Jo in Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law Volume 19, 2016 (2018)

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Year in Review 2016

The year 2016 was marked by several noteworthy events with particular relevance to international humanitarian law, such as: the continuance of the conflict in Syria, the prolongation of violence in Libya, the …

Kate Pitcher, Sophie van der Valk… in Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law… (2018)

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Armed Groups, Rebel Coalitions, and Transnational Groups: The Degree of Organization Required from Non-State Armed Groups to Become Party to a Non-International Armed Conflict

Identifying non-state parties to armed conflicts becomes increasingly complex. As seen in recent conflicts in Syria, Libya, Yemen, or the Central African Republic, turmoil or inter-communal tensions escalate i…

Tilman Rodenhäuser in Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law Volume 19, 2016 (2018)

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Engaging Armed Groups Through the Development of Human Rights Obligations: Incorporating Practice, Motivation and Ideology to Promote Compliance with International Law

Non-State armed groups exert extensive influence on populations around the world. However, international law does not effectively regulate the relationship between armed groups and populations subject to their…

Daragh Murray in Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law Volume 19, 2016 (2018)

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Knock on the Roof: Legitimate Warning or Method of Warfare?

This chapter aims to address the practice of using a “knock on the roof” as a warning before air strikes are launched in order to mitigate civilian casualties during armed conflict. It involves the dropping of…

Jeroen C. van den Boogaard in Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law Volume 19, 2016 (2018)

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News Roundup – 11-18th December 2017

December 18, 2017

Things have been a bit busy over the past few months, and the news roundup has fallen by the wayside. However, as we are consistently told by practitioners and academics that the roundup is helpful – we have taken steps to reinstate it in 2018. This news roundup has been prepared by Sam Jackson, former LLM student of Utrecht University who is currently researching issues relating to armed groups and international law.

How law protects persons with disabilities in armed conflict

ICRC president warns over ‘explosive mix’ of urban conflicts

Congolese warlord found liable for $10 million reparations

Congo fighters jailed for life for child rape ceremonies: rights groups

Rebel infighting leaves Yemen’s capital more divided than ever

Yemen war: Air strikes on rebel prison in Sanaa ‘kill 30’

Philippines Extends Martial Law in South for Another Year

Macron calls for Sahel force against armed groups

Lafarge paid 13 million euros to armed groups to keep operating in Syria: rights group

Alistair Burt calls for urgent and unhindered humanitarian access to Eastern Ghouta

Russia will keep bases in Syria to strike at insurgents: Kremlin

Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias push towards Idlib province

U.N. says 137 Syrian sick kids stranded in rebel enclave

MSF estimates more than 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

War-scarred neighborhoods in Ukraine’s rebel-held Donetsk

Hezbollah Shifts Its Focus to Israel in the Wake of Washington’s Jerusalem Move

Libya: European governments complicit in horrific abuse of refugees and migrants

Pre-emptively targeting terrorists threatening national security is legitimate: in-depth analysis of Justice Adel Maged study on countering terrorism in Sinai

Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, Calling on Parties to Facilitate Unimpeded Aid Delivery