News Roundup – 26 August 2014

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.

In Colombia peace talks advance despite crises

Amnesty International responded to the Rebel mortar attack killing at least three in eastern Congo,with the following statement: Warring parties must protect civilians after deadly shelling attack in and around Goma. A “retaliation” of the attack by the MONUSCO  which was justified with this ‘eye-for-an-eye’ explanation: “‘Of course we responded with artillery as we cannot accept any threat to the population. That’s why we retaliated,’ U.N. Lieutenant-Colonel Felix Basse told Reuters by telephone from Goma referring to Thursday’s fighting.” (see UN Intervention Brigade fires on Congo rebel positions)

Geneva Call’s annual report 2012 available online.

Security Council urges restraint, calls for humanitarian access in Jonglei (South Sudan)

Kurdish militias clash with al-Qaida-linked rebel faction in northeastern Syria

On the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria:

Syrian State TV: “Syrian soldiers enter rebel tunnels, find chemical agents”

UN inspectors visit chemical attack site

UN inspectors’ convoy hit by sniper fire

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