News Roundup – 13 February 2013

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.

Yesterday, Human Rights Watch said that “[a]t least 18 Israeli airstrikes during the fighting in Gaza in November 2012 were in apparent violation of the laws of war”. It said that its investigations into part of the airstrikes indicated “14 strikes by aerial drones or other aircraft for which there was no indication of a legitimate military target at the site at the time of the attack.” In addition, 4 strikes “may have targeted Palestinian fighters, but appeared to use indiscriminate means or caused disproportionate harm to civilians”. See here for the press release

Colombian authorities: Two killed in rebel attack

UN Security Council expected to back Mali peacekeepers in 2-3 weeks, but Mali reluctant to accept UN peacekeepers

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warns of reprisal attacks in Mali

Boko Haram attacks cripple northern Nigeria’s economy

UNHCR: Looting, empty villages found in rebel-controlled region of Central African Republic

Spain and France arrest 23 suspected Kurd rebel backers

Syrian troops bombard rebel posts around capital

IRIN: Girl child soldiers face new battles in civilian life

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