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News Roundup – 15-17 December 2014

December 17, 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’.

Private military and security companies: implementation of Montreux document.

Protecting schools and universities from military use. 

Sworn enemies make peace in Colombia, after putting down their guns.

Pakistan school killings: Zeid calls for united front against “savage extremism”. 

FARC ‘amnesty’: protesters reject ‘impunity’. 

Syrian rebels ‘hell canons’ kill 300 civilians, monitoring group. 

Boko Haram fuels displacement crisis in Niger’s Diffa region. 

Congo M23 rebels not ready to return from Uganda. 

Massacres highlight complexity of violence in DRC’s Beni Territory. 

Zeid warns of “tinderbox” in South Sudan as civilians suffer daily rights violations. 

Red Light Jihad: New documentary on the strange backdrop of Thailand’s southern guerilla war (watch documentary here)

UN report details dire plight of people in eastern Ukraine amid ongoing rights violations (see here for full report).

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