News Roundup – 15 May 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.

Peruvian Minister of Environment: Peru’s Illegal Mining on Verge of Funding Armed Groups

Goodluck Jonathan declares emergency in three Nigerian states, and Nigeria Responds to Upsurge in Boko Haram Violence

CAR Instability Said to Help Lord’s Resistance Army Regroup

Hamas leader Meshaal: ‘We Are Not Fanatic Killers’

Video purporting to show Syrian rebel atrocity highlights challenges facing West on aid, and Syria mutilation footage sparks doubts over wisdom of backing rebels, whilst the Syrian rebel defends eating dead soldier’s organs as revenge. See also this interesting analysis by a German psychologist on The desecration of bodies in war

Landmine casualties rising in Kachin (Myanmar)

Three blog posts on the referral to the ICC by the Comores of the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident: by Bill Schabas, Kevin Jon Heller (here and here), and Dapo Akande.

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