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Consolidated news roundup for summer break 11th July -10th September 2018

September 17, 2018

Many thanks to Sam Jackson for producing this consolidated news roundup to cover the period of the summer break. Some interesting stories here that you may have missed – take a look!

11th July – 17th July


Deraa rebels prepare to leave south Syria for rebel-held north

Syrian state flag to be raised in birthplace of 2011 uprising, residents say

Rebel attack in northwest Syria kills 27 government fighters: Observatory

Israel and Gaza militants agree to end fierce flare-up of fighting

Cameroon’s anglophone war, part 1: A rifle as the only way out

‘Whoever they met, they would cut and kill’: displaced Congolese recount rebel atrocities

Ethiopian rebel group declares ceasefire in wake of reforms

Ethnic groups challenge Tatmadaw chief’s Panglong opening speech

‘This massacre must stop’: Nicaraguan student rebels face militia assault

16000 displaced in guerrilla turf war in northeast Colombia: UN

FARC recruited more than 5000 minors during Colombia’s war: prosecution

Video: Armed groups using riots to target police, says senior Derry police officer


18th July – 24th July


Government forces close on last rebel group in southwestern Syria

From kidnap to torture, the database rigorously logging every Syrian atrocity

Syrian rebels ‘reach agreement’ with government to leave Quneitra

‘Forced to take arms’: Syria civil society turn to factions after US funding freeze

Israel, Hamas agree to de-escalation in Gaza: Hamas spokesman

An island in the Philippines hopes for peace but braces for war

Nicaragua: at least four dead as security forces retake rebel stronghold

Colombia: New Congress marks rebel group’s transition ‘from weapons to politics’, says UN


25th July – 31st July


The orphans of so-called Islamic State left in Libyan limbo

U.S. Diplomats Held Face-to-Face Talks With Taliban, Insurgents Say

Yemen’s rebels ‘attack’ Abu Dhabi airport using a drone

17 Malian civilians killed in clashes before presidential vote

Another Darfur armed group joins SRF umbrella

Attacks on aid workers rise in Central African Republic

Philippine Bombing Kills 10, Showing Insurgents Remain a Problem

Philippine rebels begin campaign for Muslims’ approval of autonomy law

Analysis: Trading Armed Struggle for Battle in the Market Place

Thai Police: Drug Traffickers have Links with Southern Insurgents


1st August – 7th August


Head of Syria research center killed in car bombing: newspaper, rebel group

Syria: Armed Group Recruiting Children in Camps

Syria: Turkey must stop serious violations by allied groups and its own forces in Afrin

Growing number of suicide attacks wreak havoc in eastern Afghanistan

Egypt’s military says 52 fighters killed in the Sinai Peninsula

Human Rights Watch Letter on child recruitment to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) – led Autonomous Administration and People’s Protection Units (YPG)

Resolute Support invents new terms to obfuscate Taliban control

South Sudanese celebrate peace deal signed by Kiir and Machar

Will Congo Go to the Polls – Or Go to War?

Cameroon’s anglophone war, part 2: Inside the separatist conflict

Apparent attack in Venezuela highlights risk of drone strikes

ELN and EPL Conflict Intensifies at Colombian-Venezuela Border


8th August – 14th August


Wave of strikes hits Syria’s last rebel-held bastion

Three suspected militants and four members of security forces killed as building collapses during raid in Jordan

Crisis Group warns of new armed conflict in Oil Crescent region

Afghan candidates linked to armed groups disqualified from parliamentary polls: IECC

Libya: Tawergha IDP camp attacked by militia in danger of further attack and demolition

Palestinian official says Gaza armed groups will end round of fighting if Israel reciprocates

Dozens dead in Yemen as bus carrying children hit by airstrike

In Iraq, families linked to so-called Islamic State suffer for their relatives’ sins

India: Six people killed after ‘infiltration bid’ in Kashmir

Ebola: Tedros calls on armed groups to ensure access in Ituri, North Kivu

Ethiopian rebels declare ceasefire amid government reforms

South Sudan’s Kiir grants rebel leader Machar, others amnesty

More children released from South Sudanese armed groups – UNICEF


15th August – 21st August


Use of ‘killer robots’ in wars would breach law, say campaigners

‘It’s like you have red flags all over you’: In rebel-held north, Syrians displaced by the Islamic State face discrimination, social stigma

What may unfold in Syria’s Idlib and why is a ‘bloodbath’ likely?

Syria rebel group accused of abduction, murder of key activist

Afghanistan’s Ghani declares Eid ceasefire with Taliban

Turkish Airstrike in Iraqi Territory Kills a Kurdish Militant Leader

Two Palestinian killed, 240 injured in clashes with IOF at Gaza border protest

Hamas decries Israeli decision to end ‘Black Friday’ probe

Opinion: The danger of a better-behaved Boko Haram

Nigeria: Boko Haram kills 19 villagers in Borno state

As killing rise, aid workers confront era of growing risk

Las turbas: Who are Nicaragua’s pro-government armed groups?


22nd August – 28th August


Syria: ISIS Holding Children Hostage

Suicide bomb attack kills two in eastern Afghanistan

Citing ISIS, Rahul says exclusion of people leads to insurgency

Boko Haram: Nigerian troops overpower insurgents, kill scores in Borno

DRC: Doctor stricken with Ebola in rebel stronghold

Central African Republic: Bar Amnesty for Atrocity Crimes

Report: Armed groups in C.A.R. want power-sharing deal, amnesty

Duque vows to use force to ‘dismantle’ paramilitary group that offered to demobilize voluntarily


29th August – 4th September


Syrian war: Understanding Idlib’s rebel factions

Syria’s war: Iran’s Zarif calls for Idlib to be ‘cleaned out’

Syria’s war: Deadly car bomb attack hits rebel-held Azaz

End of the line for Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham in Syria?

Libya’s chaos explained: ‘Everybody vying for a piece of the pie’

Iraq says no ‘armed groups’ received ballistic missiles from Iran

Rockets rain on Libya’s Tripoli as fresh fighting erupts

PLO official denounces Israeli court’s ruling legalizing settlement outpost as travesty

UN: Suspected war crimes in Yemen committed by all sides

Egypt: Security forces kill 5 armed men in the south

Libya: Armed groups vie for control in deadly Tripoli clashes

“I have lost everything”: In central Mali, rising extremism stirs inter-communal conflict

CAR armed groups conclude Russian-brokered peace meeting in Sudan

DRC rebel tells ICC he’s a revolutionary, not the ‘terminator’

South Sudan rebel leader Machar ‘refused’ to sign peace deal

Russia to treat killing of east Ukraine rebel leader as ‘international terrorism’

Rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko killed in explosion in Ukraine


5th September – 10th September


Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Back Syrian Rebels

Shells hit Syria’s Idlib as rebels brace for assault

Armed groups agree to keep Tripoli ceasefire: U.N

‘11 dead’ after rockets hit Iranian Kurdish offices in Iraq

UN brokers ceasefire for Libya’s warring armed groups

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of prominent Afghan armed group, dies

Mali peace deal jeopardised by armed groups linked to terrorism, UN warns

Ethnic Armed Groups to Meet Myanmar Peace Commission For Talks in China

U.N. says six ex-rebel leaders have left Colombia reintegration zones

Leader of Colombia rebel dissident group killed, president says

Colombia’s president says ELN rebels may free more hostages soon

Separatists in Ukraine’s Donestsk Choose Zakharchenko Successor


Geneva Call Report: Administration of Justice by Armed Non-State Actors

September 10, 2018

Garance TalksLast week, Geneva Call launched a fascinating new report on the Administration of Justice by Armed-Non State Actors (ANSAs). The report is drafted by Ezequiel Heffes, the thematic legal adviser at Geneva Call who coordinated the Garance Talks 2017 out of which it emerged.

The Garance Talks is a relatively new initiative by Geneva Call which brings together ANSAs and experts biannually to discuss the current challenges faced by ANSAs when attempting to comply with humanitarian norms and to identify possible ways forward in order to enhance their compliance with their obligations under international law.

The report explains how the administration of justice by armed non State actors is relevant to Geneva Call’s work. It continues by setting out how administration of justice by armed non State actors is regulated by (i) international humanitarian law (ii) international criminal law and (iii) international human rights law.

The report then presents views from armed non State actors on:-

a) the legal basis for the establishment of courts and judicial processes by ANSAs and in territories controlled by ANSAs;

b) deprivation of liberty by ANSAs, including the treatment of detainees; and

c) the procedural safeguards –– rights and protection of detainees.

These views emerged during presentations and Q&A sessions by Mr. Edgar Lopez Gomez, a former high-level military commander from the FARC-EP; Mr. Esmat Alabsi, a judge from an area controlled by the Southern Front in Syria; and Mr. Kara Abass Billo, a judge from the SPLM-N. The report ends with conclusions and recommendations.

Very interesting reading!

Ex-ULIMO commander arrested for crimes against humanity during Liberian civil war in France

September 10, 2018

Kunti K. was arrested in France on Tuesday 4th September 2018  for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the First Liberian Civil War (1989-1996) while acting as a commander for the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (ULIMO). The ULIMO rebel faction fought against Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) during the First Liberian Civil War and was responsible for over 11,500 documented violations, according to the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report.  This breakthrough arrest marks the first time a ULIMO member has been charged in France with international crimes committed during Liberia’s civil wars.

For the full press release from Civitas Maxima see here. For further coverage of the case, see here and here.


‘”IS Widows” and “Boko Haram Wives”: Overlooked Abuses in Iraq and Nigeria’

August 27, 2018

This post ‘“ISIS Widows” and “Boko Haram Wives”: Overlooked Abuses in Iraq and Nigeria’ by Lauren Aarons and Nicolette Waldman was first posted on Just Security on 23 August 2018. I am cross posting it here with the kind permission of Just Security and the authors, because I suspect it will be of interest to many readers. The post highlights the authors’ fascinating research into women with alleged or suspected ties to IS and Boko Haram. The full research findings are published in reports by Amnesty International here and here.


International news media and research institutes have brought important attention to the hundreds of foreign women (primarily Western) and their children who have been rounded up in territory recaptured from the self-styled Islamic State (IS). Reports have outlined the complex legal issues involved and convictions of women in grossly unfair trials. The situation for these women has been grim: In May of this year, for example, the Guardian reported that 40 foreign women had been sentenced to death in a Baghdad court after 10-minute hearings for crimes including membership of IS.

At the same time, little attention has been brought to the situation of local women with alleged or suspected ties to IS or to longer-standing groups such as Boko Haram. Our investigations in Iraq and Nigeria, including almost 400 in-depth interviews across the two countries, have found that authorities and armed militia members working with the governments have branded thousands of displaced Iraqi and Nigerian women as affiliated with IS or Boko Haram, respectively, and subjected them to mistreatment and abuse as a result.

Hundreds of thousands of people fled or were forced from their homes during military operations against IS in Iraq, carried out between 2014 and 2017, and against Boko Haram in Nigeria, which intensified in 2015 and continue until now. While thousands of men and boys have been detained and forcibly disappeared in both countries, the abuse of women and girls perceived to be tied to the armed groups has primarily occurred in places where they have sought refuge, including camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). (Hundreds of women and girls also were arbitrarily rounded up and held in military detention facilities in Nigeria, though most of them have been released).

Women who were forced from their homes in the violence often have been confined in camps because of perceived IS or Boko Haram ties. In one camp in Iraq used exclusively for families perceived to be affiliated with IS, security forces have prohibited them from leaving the camp, creating a situation of de facto detention. In Nigeria, residents of certain remote camps holding families alleged to be sympathetic with Boko Haram have likewise faced severe movement restrictions, even as hundreds of people starved to death inside. Where living in camps alongside other displaced people, women with suspected affiliations often have faced tighter movement restrictions than neighbors and discrimination in accessing humanitarian distributions, basic services, and opportunities to earn a livelihood.

In determining who is an alleged affiliate, the net of accusation and suspicion has been cast wide. In both Iraq and Nigeria, ties have often been presumed just because the family fled a stronghold of the armed group late in the hostilities; security officials demand to know why they hadn’t fled earlier. These suspicions arose despite the fact that many civilians were trapped in areas controlled by IS and Boko Haram and risked execution if they fled.

`Deeply Flawed’ Security Screenings

The risk of a woman being branded an affiliate was heightened if one of her family members was detained by the authorities, even though “security screenings” of people fleeing these areas in Iraq and Nigeria were deeply flawed and the number of men and boys who were arbitrarily detained and then forcibly disappeared had reached into the thousands. As a result, many of the women accused or treated with suspicion turned out to have no connections with the armed groups at all.

Indeed, a number of the women we met who experienced abuse for their alleged affiliations appeared to be victims of the armed group who had suffered greatly under their control. In Nigeria in particular, where tens of thousands of women have been viewed with suspicion, several showed us scars of punishment inflicted by Boko Haram, and told us they had been desperate to escape. Others told us that they had been abducted and forcibly married to members.

Confined in the camps, women told us they have been specifically targeted for rape to punish and humiliate them for their alleged affiliations. For example, 20-year-old “Dana” in Iraq told us: “Because they consider me the same as an IS fighter, they will rape me and return me back [to my tent]. They want to show everyone what they can do to me – to take away my honor.” In Nigeria, women suspected of possible Boko Haram ties also told us they were easy targets for rape because if they complained, soldiers, militia members, and camp officials would dismiss them as “Boko Haram wives” and subject them to further reprisals.

The confinement and discrimination these women face also renders them at increased risk of sexual exploitation, even compared to other displaced women. Many told us they have been pressured and coerced to have “special relationships” with or to be the “girlfriends” of men in positions of authority in the camps, to access basic goods needed for survival. The enforced disappearance of their surviving adult male relatives exacerbated their material and physical vulnerability. In some contexts, the sexual relations occurred in such coercive circumstances as to have amounted to rape.

Beatings as the Price of Water

Women also reported being beaten and harassed at distribution points, with taunts and accusations of being connected to IS or Boko Haram. In Nigeria, 35-year-old Fatima told us, “It was very terrible treatment by [the] army and militia in the camp. When you go to fetch water, before they open the gate, you see them beating people … If you talk or complain, they will say we are wives of Boko Haram. We don’t have any rights.” Another woman showed us her scarred legs and told us that beatings were the price for water.

The nature of the taunts and abuse faced by women perceived to have IS or Boko Haram ties highlights another complexity in who the authorities are branding as affiliates. While we must avoid stereotypical assumptions that women affiliated with IS or Boko Haram have been tricked or forced to join by their husbands, or had domestic roles where they wielded no power, the reality is complex: Displaced women are in fact being demonized purely on the basis that they had or may have had marital or other family relations with IS or Boko Haram suspects, without any attempt to distinguish whether they themselves had actually committed unlawful acts or even had any form of personal commitment to the armed group. When they were questioned by the authorities in both Iraq and Nigeria, for example, women in these situations often were interrogated about their husband’s ties to the armed group, not their own.

Certainly, Iraqi and Nigerian women who committed crimes under international law should be brought to justice in trials that meet international human rights standards. But the ongoing mass “trials” in Iraq and Nigeria of alleged IS and Boko Haram suspects by those countries’ national authorities are gravely flawed and will not deliver justice to victims. At the same time, regardless of their level of affiliation, if any, to IS or Boko Haram, the abuse of women with perceived affiliations in IDP camps is a violation of their rights that must be addressed.

In April, we called on the Iraqi authorities to end the collective punishment of families with perceived ties to IS, and in May, we called on the Nigerian authorities to investigate and address the ill-treatment and abuse of women who had fled from areas under Boko Haram control. The Iraqi authorities announced soon after the report’s release that they would look into the situation of IS families in camps for displaced people; but since April, it is not clear what measures, if any, have been taken to address the concerns. In Nigeria, while our findings were dismissed by the military and the presidency, the Senate has established an ad-hoc committee to investigate further.

The outcomes of these efforts will be crucial. To avoid future cycles of mistreatment, marginalization, and extremism, the governments of both countries, with requisite pressure and assistance from international organizations, must uphold the rights of all citizens by delivering genuine justice rather than abuse that could spur resentment and a new round of violence.

About the Author(s)

Lauren Aarons

Lauren Aarons is a Legal Adviser at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. Follow her on Twitter (@LaurenAarons1)

Nicolette Waldman

Middle East Researcher for Amnesty International, Former Harvard Law Fellow at Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), Lead Author and Researcher of the Report “The People’s Perspectives: Civilian Involvement in Armed Conflict.” Follow her on Twitter (@Nicolette_AI)



Solidarity, Justice and Reparations in Times of “Terror”, Lecture by Agnes Callamard, Utrecht University, 14 September, 4pm

August 23, 2018

Agnes_CallamardOn Friday 14th September, Dr. Agnes Callamard will deliver the SIM Peter Baehr lecture 2018 on the occasion of The Netherland Institute of Human Rights’ 37th anniversary.

The title of her lecture is:

Solidarity, Justice and Reparations in Times of “Terror”

The lecture will explore the implications for accountability and protection of the emerging international counter-terrorism legal regime. Contrary to what many governments argue, this legal framework has significant and unacceptable gaps. It fails to provide adequately both for the accountability of “terrorist” groups and for justice, remedy and reparation for victims themselves. The counter-terrorism legal regime has even criminalized humanitarian actors who provide life-saving services to populations under the control of “terrorist” groups, resulting in further deprivation of life.  Concrete recommendations will be presented to address and respond to violations committed by armed groups, to protect the affected populations under their control, and to safeguard humanitarian action.

Dr. Agnes Callamard is the UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial summary or arbitrary Executions. Dr. Callamard is the Director of Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression. Previously, she spent nine years as the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, the international human rights organization promoting freedom of expression globally. She was Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI) and AI’s Research-Policy Coordinator, leading AI’s policy work and research on women’s human rights. Prior to this, she taught and conducted research on international refugee movements for the Center for Refugee Studies at York University in Toronto. She has advised multilateral organizations and governments around the world on human rights, including most recently the Special Advisor to the Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide.

Venue:         Utrecht Law School, Janskerkhof 2-3, Utrecht, Lecture Hall 0.13

16:00               Opening and welcome by Antoine Buyse, SIM (lecture hall 0.13)

16:10               Lecture by Agnes Callamard

16:45               Discussion and Q&A

17:30              Drinks

Registration: Do you wish to attend the SIM Peter Baehr lecture? Please send an e-mail to:, with reference to ‘SIM Peter Baehr Lecture 2018’.


Geneva Call vacancy – thematic legal advisor

August 13, 2018

Geneva Call has issued a vacancy announcement for the position of Thematic Legal Advisor. Application deadline is 20th August.

See below for the details of this very interesting opening:-

The Thematic Legal Adviser contributes to the implementation of Geneva Call’s operational strategy by providing thematic and legal expertise on issues related to international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL). She/he also contributes to the development of Geneva Call’s policies and tools related to operations, supports internal capacity-building, research and knowledge management and represents Geneva Call in relevant expert meetings.   The Thematic Legal Adviser will work with the Policy and Legal Unit of Geneva Call and report to its Head.


Support field operations:

  • Provide expertise and advice to Geneva Call’s staff on legal/thematic issues and community-based protection work;
  • Build the capacity of Geneva Call’s staff and partners on legal/thematic issues and community-based protection work;
  • Support operational activities (community protection activities, training activities, workshops, meetings, etc.) as required.

Internal development and research:

  • Contribute to the development of Geneva Call’s community-based protection work;
  • Contribute to policy development and support knowledge management and learning within Geneva Call;
  • Further adapt and support the development of Geneva Call’s training and dissemination material;
  • Conduct research on thematic/legal issues, as required;
  • Prepare project proposals, budgets and donor reports:
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts;
  • Perform administrative tasks, as required.

External representation and communication:

  • Organize expert meetings/events and write articles in relevant journals;
  • Follow up on legal/thematic issues and processes and represent Geneva Call, where appropriate, in relevant expert meetings, seminars and conferences;
  • Maintain and develop contacts with experts on thematic/legal issues and liaise with relevant stakeholders and partners;
  • Develop and implement communication activities, such as campaigns, events and other initiatives on different thematic areas.


Main Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree in a relevant field (international public law, political science, international relations, or related field); a specialization in IHL and IHRL;
  • At least 5 years of work experience in protection issues, including relevant field experience in conflict areas; such field experience is a significant asset;
  • Good knowledge of community-based protection approaches and design;
  • Proven experience in legal analysis, research and training in the humanitarian field;
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills;
  • Excellent command of English and French (both oral and written);
  • Willingness to work independently and with minimum supervision, and as a part of a multicultural team;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Willingness to travel frequently to high-risk locations, including conflict areas;
  • Demonstrable computer literacy, including the MS package;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit.

Conflict of Interest

Any candidate affiliated to, or openly supporting, one or more interest groups opposed to the Foundation’s principles and values, or whose previous position could engender safety issues for co-workers at Appel de Genève / Geneva Call, will be excluded from this selection process.


  • Position: Thematic Legal Adviser
  • CDI contract, based in Geneva
  • 100%
  • Preferred start date: 09.2018
  • Swiss citizen or a candidate with a work permit or who may be eligible for a Swiss work permit according to current Swiss legislation


To apply, please send your cover letter, CV, work certificate/recommendation letter, diploma  in PDF format to, Ref: “Thematiclegal” no later than 20.08.2018. All applications will be kept confidential.  Please note that only shortlisted candidate will be contacted for the next steps of the recruitment process.



Consolidated news roundup – 6 June – 10th July 2018

July 13, 2018

4 July – 10 July

Syrian rebels say army besieging their enclave in southern city Deraa

Syria truce deal ‘breached’ as western Deraa clashes intensify

Rebels in southern Syria reach deal to end violence

Rebels discuss with Russia a deal to end fighting in southern Syria

Taliban brands religious scholar conference as ‘an absolute anti-Islamic US process’

Armed group in Libya kidnaps three Filipinos and one Korean: official says

The new frontlines are in the slums

Squandered opportunity? – Despite new agreement, South Sudan’s civil war continues

South Sudan’s Machar set to be ‘reinstated as vice president’

Why do youth in the Sahel join armed groups? It’s complicated

Thailand: Insurgents use landmines in South

Colombia’s ‘silent complicity’ in mass killings of social leaders


27 June – 3 July

Yes, we can end the military use of schools

Wars of None: AI, Big Data, and the Future of Insurgency

How rape is weaponized in civil wars

New types of weapons need new forms of governance

Syria’s war: Rebel-held Bosra al-Sham surrenders in Deraa battle

Rebel-held south Syrian town Busra to accept Assad’s rule as Jordan mediates

Talks with Russia over Deraa peace deal collapse: Syrian rebels

UN warms of ‘catastrophe’ as 160,000 flee southern Syria push

French cement giant Lafarge indicted on terror financing charge in Syria

When did the war in Yemen begin?

Residence of Libyan deputy PM attacked amid oil port stand-off

Iraqi PM says armed groups in Iraq should be disarmed, including PKK

Mali: Car bombing targeting French troops kills civilians

Ethiopia removes OLF, ONLF and Ginbot 7 from terror list

Mali: G5 force headquarters targeted in deadly attack

‘The war goes on’: one tribe caught up in Colombia’s armed conflict


20 June – 26 June

Who’s in charge in today’s wars?

Syria pounds rebel areas in south, thousands flee to border zone

Syrian rebel warns of ‘volcanoes of fire’ if Assad attacks south

What you need to know: The battle for Hodeidah

IGAD bloc says South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar not welcome

Ethiopian armed opposition group Ginbot 7 suspends attacks

South Sudan rules out rebel leader Riek Machar re-joining government

Still time to stop clashes among armed groups from eroding state-building gains in Central African Republic, top official tells Security Council

South Sudan’s president and rebel leader meet for peace talks

Colombia: Indigenous community ‘threatened by El Guacho’

All set for demobilization of Colombia’s largest paramilitary group

Nicaragua: Violence and state repression intensify despite numerous efforts at dialogue

Record coca, record murders: the flipside of “peace” in southern Colombia

Days after election, future of Colombia’s war crimes tribunal already uncertain


13 June – 19 June

Syria’s Assad says still pursuing political solution for rebel-held south

Syria: Turkey-Backed Groups Seizing Property

Second fire shrinks storage capacity amid fighting at Libyan oil ports

India welcomes Afghanistan’s decision to extend ceasefire with armed groups

Jordan armed groups strike again in the oil crescent

How to bring peace in Kashmir?

Armed Islamist leaders in Libya claim al-Qaeda’s Belmokhtar is still alive

Yemen: Attack on Hodeidah threatens civilian lives and lifesaving humanitarian aid

Mozambique: Armed groups burn villages

There’s been a global increase in armed groups. Can they be restrained?

Congo-Brazzaville’s hidden war

South Sudan rebel leader to attend talks with president in Addis Ababa

What South Sudan’s increasingly fragmented war means for aid delivery

The girls forced to fight in the DRC are told they are ‘immune to bullets’

Myanmar’s Ethnic Armed Conflict: Emerging Trends in Violence

Colombia: FARC willing to meet with Duque to maintain peace

Inside Colombia’s rebel region as the country votes on its future

Peace talks between Nicaragua govt, civil society groups hindered after armed assailants kill eight people in Managua

Colombia: Authorities must guarantee the safety of threatened communities


6 June – 12 June

Drone Blowback: Much Ado about Nothing?

Making a case for humanitarian norms in a populist world

U.N. fears for 2.5 million in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib as fighting escalates

YPG confirms withdrawl from Syria’s Manbij after Turkey-US deal

Spate of deadly attacks hit Afghanistan amid Eid ceasefire

Are Palestinian armed factions forming a joint army?

Yemen rebel fire kills three civilians in Saudi, coalition says

Taliban announces three-day ceasefire over Eid

Afghanistan’s ceasefire with Taliban: ‘Are we safe now?’

Afghan president announces temporary ceasefire with Taliban

Yemen peace plan sees ceasefire, Houthis abandoning missiles

UN humanitarian coordinator condemns Central African Republic hospital attack as ‘inhuman and unworthy’

Somalia: Al-Shabab shuts down football pitches in Mogadishu

Mozambique: End brutal killing spree by armed group

The impact of Boko Haram’s insurgency on girl’s education in Northeast Nigeria

Armed groups in Somalia

‘Slipping into darkness’: How Nicaragua’s crisis unfolded