News Roundup – 1-8 August 2015

About the author(s):

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.

Jailed FARC rebels call for amnesty in Colombia

‘Soviet Taliban’ convicted in US over Afghan attack

13 killed after gunmen take foreigners hostage in deadly Mali hotel attack

Nigeria Boko Haram crisis: Army rescues 178 people

Burundi: How rebel touts manipulate young men toward armed conflict

Sudan says willing to suspend verdicts against rebels who join talks

‘Libya’s Bad Peace Deal Is Worse Than No Peace Deal’

Sinai militants threaten to kill foreign hostage abducted near Cairo

Kosovo’s parliament approves new war crimes court

Cossacks Face Grim Reprisals From Onetime Allies in Eastern Ukraine

Death Toll In North Caucasus Fighting Continues To Fall

Pro-Kurdish party leader calls for steps to halt Turkey violence

Human Rights Watch: Barrel Bombs, Not ISIS, Are the Greatest Threat to Syrians

US-backed Syrian Rebels Abandon HQ After Clash With al Qaeda

U.S. to Defend New Syria Force From Assad Regime, which was swiftly followed by US uses air power for first time to back Syrian rebels. It is criticised by key rebel. On the legal aspects, see this post by Mike Schmitt’s on Just Security.

Dozens killed after Syrian fighter jet crashes into market in rebel-held area

Syrian Islamist group says held talks with Iran

Assad forces, Hezbollah advance in Syria-Lebanon border region

Report on number of civilians killed targeting ISIS

Islamic State militants ‘abduct Christians’ in Syrian town

Turkey freezes assets of Yemeni ex-president, rebel leaders

Yemeni forces take last rebel-held army base in south

U.N.: Civilian casualties in Afghanistan reach record levels

Attacks leave 36 dead in Kabul in clear message to Afghan leaders

Attack on convoy kills Indian troops in Kashmir

India Signs Historic Peace Accord With Naga Rebel Group From Its Restive Northeast

India’s north-east: The spoils of peace

Myanmar peace talks, key to November election, end without resolution

Wanted militant killed in Narathiwat (Thailand)


See here for Chris Jenks’s post on Just Security about the DoD Law of War Manual and applying IAC IHL rules to NIACs as a matter of policy

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