News Roundup – 3 February 2016

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.

International Organizations Applaud the Initiation of the First Trial for Sexual Slavery and Violence During the Armed Conflict in Guatemala: The Sepur Zarco Case

Plan Colombia’s mixed legacy: coca thrives but peace deal may be on horizon

Dutch Lawyers File Complaint Against Buhari on alleged crimes in Biafra (Nigeria) at the ICC in The Hague

Security Council condemns ‘heinous’ terrorist attack in Nigeria attributed to Boko Haram

UN: ‘Waves of violence’ by rebels in eastern DR Congo forces thousands to flee

UN says Peacekeepers, Congo army to resume joint fight against Rwandan rebels

Foreign Policy op-ed: The Burundi Intervention That Wasn’t

African Union decides against peacekeepers for Burundi

Video summary of the Confirmation of Charges hearing of Ongwen at ICC

Georgia welcomes ICC investigation of Russia-Georgia war crimes, but Russia’s chief investigator slams the Hague Court’s interpretation of South Ossetia events

As Syria burns, Turkey’s Kurdish problem is getting worse

Radio debate (in Dutch) on criminality under Dutch law of Dutch citizen for killing ISIS members in Syria

US Secretary of State: ISIS pushed back in Iraq, Syria, but a threat in Libya, and Anti-ISIS Coalition to Intensify Efforts

Inside the Kurdish fighting forces: the U.S.’s proxy ground troops in the war against ISIS

Russian drone video shows destruction in Homs (Syria)

Syrian women have gathered to be trained on negotiations

Beth van Schaack over on Just Security: Mapping the Law That Applies to War Crimes in Syria

Syria opposition delegation arrives (late) for Geneva talks

UNHCHR: War crimes should not be part of any Syria amnesty

New Offensive by Assad’s Forces Overshadows Syria Peace Talks

Human Rights Watch: Possible War Crimes by Shia Militia in Iraq

Saudi Arabia says 375 civilians killed on its border in Yemen war

Islamic State radio station taken out in suspected U.S. strike in Afghanistan

9 killed, 12 wounded in suicide attack on Kabul police base

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