News Roundup – 14-20 December 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.

As FARC prepares to demobilize, neo-paramilitaries settle in rebel territory

Spain Police Arrest Alleged FARC Rebel for Forced Abortions

 

Shiite Muslim Sect Alleges Massacre by Nigeria’s Military

 

CAR Rebel Leader Declares Autonomous Muslim State

 

Libya’s Rival Factions Sign Deal for Unity Government, but At least 14 killed in clashes in Libya’s Ajdabiya

 

‘Informal Talks’ Between Sudanese Government and SPLM-N Start in Addis Ababa

 

South Sudan’s War Just Turned Two — And the UN Says Its Peacekeepers Aren’t Leaving

Fuelled by corruption, South Sudan war enters third year

 

Suspected Israeli Airstrike Kills Hezbollah Leader Samir Kuntar in Syria

 

International Crisis Group: A Sisyphean Task? Resuming Turkey-PKK Peace Talks

Protests Erupt in Turkey as Military Campaign Intensifies in Country’s Southeast

Over 100 Kurdish fighters killed in Turkish operation

Turkey says it will continue to move troops from northern Iraqi province

 

Russian airstrikes force a halt to aid in Syria, triggering a new crisis

60,000 people given aid in Homs (Syria) after ceasefire agreement

Human Rights Watch: Extensive Recent Use of Cluster Munitions by Russian and Syrian troops against armed opposition groups in Syria

‘Russian’ airstrikes kill scores in rebel-held north-west Syria

United Nations Security Council Adopts Sanctions Against ISIS

Where ISIS Gained and Lost Territory This Year

The Islamic State creates a new type of jihadist: Part terrorist, part gangster

 

Fierce fighting in northern Yemen kills at least 75

Houthi Rebel Leader Killed In Yemen Amid Fragile Ceasefire

Human Rights Watch: Coalition Bombs Homes in Capital Yemen

Yemen Peace Talks End With No End to Conflict

 

Afghan Taliban Overrun Key District in Helmand Province

 

In Myanmar/Birma, Changes in power begin taking shape and Non-signatories to be invited to ceasefire talks, but Fighting continues to expand in Shan State

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