News Roundup – 30 July 2014

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin is an Associate Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches IHL and IHRL. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. She has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog.

Is the UN peacekeeper selection process flawed? The Open Society recently supported four reports on the vetting and selection of peacekeepers which have been published in June/ July 2014:-

Bangladesh: sending death squads to keep the UN’s peace

Vetting in Nepal: challenges and issues

Nigeria: navigating secrecy in the vetting and selection of peacekeepers

India: tainting the UN’s blue helmets (NB:link broken – will be mended when fixed!)

Colombian peacetalks will fail without government concessions, warns FARC. 

UNRWA strongly condemns shelling of its school in Gaza as a serious violation of international humanitarian law. 

Deaths reported in Iraqi army raid. 

Gunned down in Mombasa, the clerics that have died. 

Military Offensives free DRC villages (see end of article for audio interview with MONUSCO military spokesperson).

Philippino rebels kill 21 villagers over peace deal. 

Ukraine rebel chief threatens to execute interviewer. 

EU probe finds crimes against humanity in Kosovo. 

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