News Roundup – 21 January 2016

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.

Confirmation of Charges hearing in the case of Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen (alleged brigade commander of LRA) opened in The Hague today. 

Report from UN Assistance Mission for Iraq documenting staggering civilian death toll in Iraq (see here for report).

Banished and disposessed in Northern Iraq: Amnesty International video showing how Peshmerga forces from the KRG have bulldozed, blown up and burned thousands of homes.

Assessing the road to the Syrian peacetalks: Q&A

Mokhtar Belmokhtar: the ‘uncatchable’ chief of Africa’s Islamic extremists. 

OHCHR Report documenting widespread human rights abuses by all sides of the conflict in South Sudan (see here for report).

Somalia’s Al-Shabaab attack Mogadishu’s beach zone. 

Sri Lankan President wants ‘internal’ war crimes court. 

Chatham House Event: Waging a Digital Counterinsurgency. 

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