News Roundup – 17 December 2012

About the author(s):

Rogier Bartels

Rogier is a researcher at the Netherlands Defence Academy (NLDA) and works at the Dutch National Prosecutor’s Office. He holds LL.M-degrees from Utrecht University and the University of Nottingham. Before taking up his current positions, he was an associate legal officer in Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and a legal adviser at the International Humanitarian Law Division of the Netherlands Red Cross.

Rogier is an adjunct-lecturer at the Hague University of Applied Sciences, where he teaches international humanitarian law, and he co-convenes the Hague Initiative for Law and Armed Conflict.

Libya orders temporary closure of borders

Human Rights Watch report: “Under Siege” on Indiscriminate Bombing and Abuses in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States.

UN Secretary-General: Alarmed at rising violence, urges protection of civilians and end to Syria fighting

Syrian vice president: “regime, rebels both losing in civil war, no military decision possible”

Syrian rebel group allegedly linked to Al-Qaida is feuding with WordPress on Twitter

‘Islamist fighters’ take army base as ‘rebel forces’ make gains in Aleppo

France says Afghan officials to meet Taliban near Paris

Human Rights Watch: Thai Rebels Escalate Killings of Teachers

Philippine government and rebel group New People’s Army start holiday truce

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