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News Roundup – 7 October 2014

October 7, 2014

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin is an Assistant Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches international humanitarian law and international human rights. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. Katharine has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and she is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog. She has recently started a 3-year NWO-Veni research project called ‘Dangerous Liaisons: civilian agency, armed groups and international law’.

Is it right to pay ransoms?

Virginie Ladisch, head of the ICTJ’s Children and Youth programme interviews Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire on his work with the Child Soldier initiative and the complex dimensions of former child combatants in post-conflict societies. 

International Crisis Group: What lies behind the “Islamic State” threat? 

Scenes from daily life in the de facto capital of ISIS. 

Interview with Yves Daccord, the director-general of the ICRC on the challenges of dealing with the Islamic State. 

Pentagon yet to decide on rebel force central to ISIS offensive. 

Heavy toll in Iraq’s “forgotten” Anbar. 

Coalition air attacks hit ISIL in Kobane. 

The US acted to save Iraq’s Kurds. Why not Syria’s? 

Kurds protest in Turkey as IS advances on Kobane. 

Mali PM: France, UN must step up fight against Islamists in Mali. 

CAR militias call for President, PM to resign. 

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