News Roundup – 30th Jan – 6th Feb 2017

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.

UN calls on parties to take urgent measures to halt civilian casualties, as numbers for 2016 reach record high.

Colombia’s ELN rebels release key hostage Odin Sanchez, while Last child soldiers from Colombia’s rebel ranks to be freed; but Brazil’s PCC is Recruiting FARC Dissidents, according to Colombia Defense Minister

Boko Haram cut off my hand, leg, says ex insurgent

MINUSCA and UNOCA call on UPC and FPRC led coalition for an immediate end to the fighting

Uganda rebel returns add to growing headache for Kabila and Congo, as

M23 rebels ‘kidnapped, tortured and killed’ DRC army helicopter crash survivors

Armed groups clashes in western Tripoli leave deaths and injuries

Ukraine conflict: Rebel commander killed in bomb blast and Civilians face ‘dire’ situation amid ongoing hostilities in eastern Ukraine, UN warns (as does the ICRC)

Turkey ‘detains hundreds’ in major anti-ISIL operation

Syrian rebels evacuated out of besieged Wadi Barada after government forces capture strategic water spring

Idlib’s rebel split: A crossroads for Syrian opposition

Yemen rebel ‘suicide boat’ attack kills Saudi sailors

UN lifts sanctions against Hezb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, following peace deal with the Afghan government

Philippine President Ends Cease-Fire With Communist Rebels

Philippine president Duterte warns rebels after peace talks collapse

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