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News Roundup 6 September – 12 September

September 15, 2021

France: Lafarge loses ruling in Syria crime against humanity case

Lafarge case uncovers French duplicity, hypocrisy, says analyst

Military Faction Stages Coup in Mineral-Rich Guinea

Myanmar’s Shadow Government Announces ‘Defensive War’

Human Rights abuses intensifying in eastern DR Congo – UNHCR

Violence Against Civilians in Eastern DRC Reaching New Heights, UN Says

Yemen: As conflict drags on, ‘no quick wins’ – UN envoy

UN: 18,000 Yemeni civilians killed in airstrikes since 2015

CAR Court Accuses Ex-warlord of Crimes Against Humanity

Syrian military groups operating under Turkey-backed SNA merge

News Roundup 30 August – 5 September

September 8, 2021

Security Council urges Taliban to provide safe passage out of Afghanistan

White House: Biden told commanders to ‘stop at nothing’ to go after ISIS

Worst Tripoli fighting in a year tests Libya ceasefire

Israel-Palestine: Waste no opportunity for ‘serious’ political negotiation, envoy urges

Tigray aid situation worsening by the day, warn UN humanitarians

Pakistani soldiers killed in cross border fire from Afghanistan

What Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram say about living with ex-fighters

Syrian army bombards rebels in birthplace of uprising – residents

Five years on, Colombia’s coca regions remain at war and distrust is growing

Myanmar’s Opposition Is Forming Fragile Alliances With Armed Ethnic Groups

News Roundup 23 August – 29 August

September 1, 2021

Chad Rebel Group FACT Says It’s Willing to Join National Dialogue

Biden promises further strikes on Afghan militant groups

Pioneering report continues to help children survive conflict

Increased Syria violence prompts largest civilian displacements in a year, as gridlock stymies political talks

No end to Yemen civil war on the horizon, senior UN official briefs Security Council

No strings attached? How Europe’s military support for Mali closes its eyes to abuses

Fighting, flooding, and donor fatigue: Unpacking South Sudan’s food crisis

Taliban retakes power, but it faces mounting challenges ahead

‘Resistance is still alive’: armed groups drive out Taliban fighters

UN condemns ‘abhorrent’ terrorist attack at Kabul airport

News Roundup 16 August – 22 August

August 25, 2021

Report details grave violations against children in Afghanistan

‘No way out’ for imperilled Afghans, broader international response needed

Ethiopia: UN chief gravely concerned over ‘unspeakable violence’ in Tigray

Competing armed groups carrying out ‘mass rape’ in Congo: UN

Despite Cease-Fire in Tigray, No End in Sight for Conflict

1,150 flee Colombia village caught between 2 armed groups

EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria’s secret programme to lure top Boko Haram defectors

Afghanistan: ‘Now is the time to stand as one’, UN chief tells Security Council

Palestine refugees face ‘dire’ humanitarian conditions amid ongoing clashes in southern Syria: UNRWA

Afghan crisis: Russia plans for new era with Taliban rule

News Roundup 9 August – 15 August

August 18, 2021

Over 18,000 children recruited by Colombia’s FARC rebels -court

Mali: Dozens of civilians massacred in militant raids on villages

Chad invites armed groups to participate in national dialogue

Mozambique Government Retakes Key Town from Militants

Damascus’s False Reconciliation Failed in Daraa

Ethiopia denounces rebel alliance as war widens

Palestinian Rockets in May Killed Civilians in Israel, Gaza

Myanmar army attacks medics, hampering COVID response, rights groups say

UNHCR gravely concerned about systematic sexual violence in DR Congo’s Tanganyika Province

Afghan leader rallies forces in Taliban-besieged northern city

News Roundup 2 August – 8 August

August 11, 2021

Civilians in southern Syria ‘under siege’ – UN human rights chief

Libya: Government of National Unity must not legitimize militias and armed groups responsible for harrowing abuses

Ethiopia conflict set to escalate after Tigray rebels refuse to withdraw

‘With our hearts beating fast’: Back to school on the Nagorno-Karabakh front line

Central African Republic: UN report calls for urgent end to mounting human rights abuses and violations

700-plus healthcare workers and patients killed in attacks on facilities: WHO

Colombia’s ex-armed group leaders apologise for war atrocities

UN chief underlines commitment to justice for Yazidis in Iraq

Afghanistan: UN mission demands end to fighting as Taliban advance

Militant groups recruiting child fighters in Burkina Faso – Report

News Roundup 26 July – 1 August

August 4, 2021

Israel appears to have committed war crimes in May conflict with Hamas, Human Rights Watch says

HRW calls for ICC inquiry into war crimes in Gaza, urges US to condition assistance to Israel

U.S. calls for halt to violence against Eritreans in Tigray

Cameroon: Witness testimony and satellite images reveal the scale of devastation in Anglophone regions

Mozambique: fears of escalating conflict as foreign troops clash with Islamists

Taliban victory in Afghanistan could inspire terrorists, armed groups throughout Middle East

In conflict-ridden CAR, act locally for smart peace

Biden Administration’s First Syrian Sanctions Target Prisons, Two Armed Opposition Groups

Afghanistan: Record number of women and children killed or wounded

There’s nothing neutral about engaging with Myanmar’s military

David and Goliath: Myanmar’s Armed Resistance at the Crossroads

News Roundup 19 July – 25 July

July 28, 2021

Sudan’s Darfur conflict’s latest surge in violence displaces thousands

Ethiopia’s Tigray forces say they freed 1,000 captured soldiers

Gang violence and security vacuum in Haiti thwart aid delivery

Venezuela, the International Criminal Court, and Impunity

Iraq: Bomb attack on eve of Eid al-Adha, ‘terrorism knows no bounds’

Taliban seek to cut off Afghan population centres: Top US general

FROM THE FIELD: A genocide timeline; Srebrenica massacre remembered

News Roundup 12 July – 18 July

July 21, 2021

Aid access to Tigray remains stalled, despite ceasefire

UN appeals for faster passage for aid convoys to Ethiopia’s Tigray

Afghanistan stunned by scale and speed of security forces’ collapse

Afghanistan on brink of humanitarian crisis-UN refugee agency

U.S. condemns retaliatory attacks against civilians in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

EU agrees to send military training mission to Mozambique

Colombia peace process at critical juncture: UN envoy

Colombia’s ‘ghost towns’ threatened by new wave of violence

Attacks by armed group displace 20,000 civilians in eastern DRC

U.S. Slows Anti-Terrorist Campaign in Somalia as It Considers New Policy

Call for Papers – Conference on Religious Actors & Humanitarian Norms Compliance

July 12, 2021

The Generating Respect Project invites paper submissions for the conference Religious Actors & Humanitarian Norms Compliance in Armed Conflict: Roles, Influence, Engagement that will take place online between 8 and 10 December 2021.

The conference will take stock of important developments relating to the engagement between humanitarians and religious actors aimed at generating greater respect for humanitarian norms in times of armed conflict. It seeks to serve as a platform for exchange and reflection among scholars from across various disciplines, humanitarian practitioners, and religious actors.

The call for papers provides information about the thematic foci of the conference, its format, guidelines and deadlines for submission of abstracts and selected papers, and publication plans.

Please submit paper abstract of up to 500 words & a short CV with your current affiliation to by 1 September 2021.