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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 generatingrespectproject@york.ac.uk by 1 September 2021.

News Roundup 21 June – 27 June

June 30, 2021

Child soldiers carried out Burkina Faso massacre, says government

Northeast Nigeria conflict killed more than 300,000 children: UN

Time running out to prevent ‘worst case scenario’ arising in Afghanistan

More than 8,500 children used as soldiers in 2020: U.N.

Grave violations against children in conflict ‘alarmingly high’, latest UN report reveals

Dozens of Congo’s rebels lay down weapons in the east

Slow progress, stubborn cycles of violence, as South Sudan turns 10

Myanmar militias vow to take on army after city firefight

Famine fears and fresh fighting: A humanitarian primer as Ethiopia heads to the polls

Regional Force in Mozambique Should Prioritize Civilian Protection

News Rondup 14 June – 20 June

June 23, 2021

Sudan to form new joint force to ‘crack down on insecurity’

Switzerland Finds Liberian Rebel Leader Guilty of Wartime Atrocities

Guterres: Bring crimes of sexual violence in conflict out of ‘the shadows’, punish perpetrators

Death of Boko Haram leader doesn’t end northeast Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis

Israeli air raids target Gaza for second time since ceasefire

From global cause to forgotten crisis: A reporter’s diary from Darfur

Uncovering the civilian toll of France’s anti-jihadist war in Mali

New ICC prosecutor vows to take “stronger cases” to trial

Sexual Violence and the War in Tigray

‘Our only option’: Myanmar civilians take up arms for democracy

News Roundup 7 June – 13 June

June 16, 2021

UN warns of ‘mass deaths’ in Myanmar after 100,000 flee fighting

The Appeals Chamber of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals delivers judgement in the Mladić case

World reacts as UN court upholds Mladic genocide conviction

Gaza’s vicious circle of war, truce, and reconstruction

Outgoing ICC Prosecutor urges Security Council to keep focus on justice in Darfur

Child kidnapping being used as warfare tactic in Mozambique, aid groups say

Iraqis suffer as US-Iran shadow war shifts gear

U.S. and UK envoys urge Yemen peace after blast kills at least 17

Fragile democratic gains at risk in Central Africa as violence by armed groups escalates

Former Colombia leader asks pardon for army killings of civilians

News Roundup 31 May – 6 June

June 9, 2021

West Africa’s Islamist insurgency: Fight at a critical stage

Caught in the middle: Peace activists in Cameroon try to end a brutal war

Will Israel be held accountable for war crimes?

UN calls on Sudan to move more swiftly on peace agreement

Pressuring junta, France suspends joint military operations with Malian forces

UN chief condemns deadly attacks targeting displaced people in DR Congo

Rise of armed civilian groups in Myanmar fuels fears of full-scale civil war

Mali: Military must ‘scrupulously’ respect human rights and free civilian leaders