News Roundup – 21 March 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.

Reportedly, No More Drones for CIA. Human Rights Watch welcomes this move towards more transparency, but warns that it is not the end. Deborah Pearlstein comments on it at Opinio Juris. More on drones at: IRIN Analysis: The view from the ground, How drone strikes hamper aid

French Mali hostage said to be killed by al-Qaeda

UN Security Council to discuss CAR at France’s request

‘ICC Team on the Way to Collect Congo War Crimes Suspect’

Hezbollah Courier Guilty of Role in Cyprus Terror Plot

News on PKK ceasefire offer:

Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan declares ceasefire with Turkey

Kurdish ceasefire boosts peace process in Turkey

Cautious Turkish PM welcomes Öcalan’s call for end to armed struggle

Is it time for peace in Turkey?

Hope for peace sweeps over Diyarbakir

Aljazeera Timeline: PKK conflict with Turkey

Syria Asks UN to Probe Alleged Rebel Chemical Weapon Use, and indeed UN to probe use of chemical weapons in Syria

Syrian opposition takes towns near cease-fire line with Israel

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