News Roundup – Week of 13-17 April

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.

Colombia:

Colombia’s president wants rebels to set deadline for peace

International Crisis Group: A Dangerous Setback in Colombia

Geneva Call: New steps in Geneva Call’s discussions with the FARC-EP delegation in Havana

 

Nigeria/Boko Haram:

Amnesty International report: ‘Our Job is to Shoot, Slaughter and Kill’: Boko Haram’s reign of terror in North-East Nigeria

Boko Haram attacks 2 villages in Cameroon, kills 12

“I’ve seen the Taliban’s brutality in Afghanistan. Boko Haram might be worse.”

 

Libya:

Ten said to be killed in new fighting in Libya’s Benghazi

Deaths reported in fighting near Libya’s capital

Talks resume between Libyan rivals in Morocco

 

Syria/Iraq/ISIS:

‘The deepest circle of hell:’ Terrified Yarmouk residents describe ISIS raid

Rebels in Syria bombard government-held part of Aleppo

Syria Steps Up Airstrikes in Rebel-Held Areas of Aleppo

Tracking Syria’s deadly toxic chemical attacks

Thousands of Iraqis flee as Islamic State makes gains in Sunni heartland

Iraqis unearth mass graves in city where Islamic State ruled

Deadly blast hits US consulate in Erbil

ISIL fighters overrun several villages in western Iraq

According to UN Report Sexual Violence Becomes Favorite Tool Of Torture For Extremist Groups Like ISIS And Boko Haram

Iraqi forces fight IS militants at gates of Anbar provincial capital

 

Yemen:

Yemen conflict: UN places arms embargo on Houthi rebels

Yemeni rebel mortar attack kills 3 Saudi border guards

Al-Qaeda seizes airport in eastern Yemen

ICRC: ICRC prevented from delivering medical assistance to people in Maareb (Yemen)

Yemeni Army Tries to Safeguard Oil Fields as Qaeda Fighters Advance

Human Rights Watch: Fighting in Yemen Damages Hospital and Factory Airstrike Killed 31 Civilians

Human Rights Watch asks Saudi Coalition/US to Curb Civilian Harm in Yemen

 

Other:

Searching for Peace and Justice in Guatemala

Taking female armed rebels seriously

Human Rights Watch: Cluster Bombs Used in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

U.S. Army Trainers Arrive in Ukraine

Ukraine military, rebels accuse each other of increased attacks

Deadly suicide bombings hit Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

Philippine government: Bangsamoro law will also result in disarmament of other armed groups

 

Two posts on Just Security on the killing, allegedly by a US drone, of Ibrahim al-Rubaysan, an alleged leading cleric of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the question whether such a cleric can constitute a legitimate military target: by Gabor Rona and Ryan Goodman

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