News Roundup – 28 October 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.

FARC Frees American Hostage

UN mission chief deplores atrocities committed by Mayi-Mayi Cheka armed group  in eastern DRC province, whilst Clashes between rebels, army resume in DR Congo, and the DR Congo army says it captured rebel stronghold; peacekeeper killed

Geneva Call: Major Kurdish armed movement commits to the protection of children in armed conflict

UN humanitarian chief (Valerie Amos): Security Council appeal on Syria has made little difference. One of the aspects of her address was picked up mainly picked up by the media: Top UN official says 2,000 armed opposition groups active in Syria

Interview with one of the leaders of the “People’s Protection Units”, a Kurdish armed opposition group fighting in Syria

Wave of Car Bombs Kills Dozens in Baghdad

British report: Afghan forces capable but feeling pressure

Pakistan ambassador to UN: Pakistan never approved drone strikes on its territory

Important week for Myanmar’s peace process, whilst the Government hopes political prisoners’ release will encourage ceasefire

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