News Roundup – 16 February 2015

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.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram launches first attack in Chad and Boko Haram issues new threat against Niger, Chad

Niger arrests more than 160 Boko Haram suspects at Nigerian border

Burundi launches inquiry into reports of rebel executions

Bomb hits pipeline from Libya’s El Sarir oilfield

ISIL video purports to show beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya, and in reaction Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya

Shelling halts in Ukraine’s Donetsk as Poroshenko orders ceasefire

Ukraine military says some rebel shelling but ceasefire generally observed

Scores said dead in intensified fighting in southern Syria

Lebanon’s Hezbollah acknowledges battling the Islamic State in Iraq

Iraq’s pro-Iranian Shiite militias lead the war against the Islamic State

Fighting in Yemen leaves 26 dead amid protests against rebel rule, whilst Yemen’s neighbours demand UN action to halt rebel advance

Sri Lanka’s president promises to initiate legal action on war crimes

U.N. Delays Release of Report on Possible War Crimes in Sri Lanka

47 Myanmar soldiers reported dead in clashes with Kokang rebels, in reaction Myanmar launches airstrikes against northern rebels

Chris Jenks on the UN Report on the Central African Republic: Is the Glass Reflecting the International Community’s Efforts Half-Empty or Half-Full?

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