News Roundup – 8 September 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.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein delivers his first speech as High Commissioner for Human Rights at the opening of the Human Rights Council’s 27th session.

Staying strong: key components and positive precedent for Convention on Cluster Munitions Legislation (see here for report).

US Senate’s forthcoming ‘Torture Report’: Al Qaida suspects were brought to the ‘point of death’ during ‘real torture’ by CIA. 

Destroying ISIS may take years, US officials say. 

ISIS beheadings of journalists are against Islam, says Abu Qatada from cell in Jordan. 

UN report details serious human rights abuses in Tripoli, Benghazi (see here for report).

Two new reports on Nigeria were published last week:

Nigeria Security Network: Nigeria on the verge of losing Borno State (see here for report North-East Nigeria on the brink)

Watchlist on children and armed conflict: Who will care for us? Grave violations against children in Northeatern Nigeria

Ukraine conflict death toll rises above 3,000, says UN. 

Rebuilding shattered lives in the Philippines. 

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