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News Roundup – 2-9th May 2017

May 9, 2017

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’.

Abuses by non-State actors no excuse for violations by governments – UN human rights chief. 

Islamic State video shows beheading of Russian intelligence agent. 

Syria’s de-escalation zones: we don’t trust Russia. 

Syria’s Kurds march on to Raqqa and the sea. 

Series of reports by RUDAW reporters on seeking accountability for ISIS crimes: see here, here, here, here, here and here.

Taliban teachers: how militants are infiltrating Afghan schools. 

Profile: Ismail Haniya, Hamas’ political chief. 

Boko Haram: Nigeria winning the battle but losing the war?

Welcoming release of Chibok girls, UN urges support for their rehabilitation. 

Video of UN investigator murders leaves Congo government facing scrutiny. 

Central African Republic: armed groups target civilians. 

New rebel group threatens to intensify South Sudan’s war.

South Sudan: Weary frightened displaced civilians in Upper Nile at imminent risk of further violence. 

Mozambique rebel movement RENAMO extends truce indefinitely. 

Prison sentence for academic in separatist region of Ukraine. 

Crisis Group Report: Managing Turkey’s PKK conflict: the case of Nusaybin. 

Some legal blog posts you may have missed:

Will the ICC launch a full investigation into Afghanistan?

Will there be justice for Syria?

A series of posts on Just Security and Opinio Juris on Israel’s attacks on Hezbollah in Syria: see here, here, and here.

Why Syria’s new de-escalation zones should not be confused with safe zones?

Achieving justice through restorative means in Colombia: new developments in implementing the peace deal. 

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