News Roundup – 13-20 February 2017

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin

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.

What happens when States no longer govern?

South Sudan army says it controls formerly rebel held territory. 

Who cares about the ICC’s trial of LRA fighter Dominic Ongwen?

Senior UN official appalled by airstrikes that kill women and children in Yemen. 

Swedish court hands out life sentence to Syrian armed group member for war crimes in the context of a ‘trial’. 

HRW: Sunni women tell of ISIS detention, torture in Iraq. 

Syrian government ready for prisoner swaps with rebels. 

New UN team aims to bring Syria war crimes to court. 

Fighting intensifies in Syria’s Deraa. 

Central African Republic: Executions by rebel group.  See also here for HRW report.

CAR rights groups welcome appointment of Special Crimes Court prosecutor. 

100,000 killed and 2 million displaced by Boko Haram insurgency. 

Colombia’s FARC rebels complete move to demobilisation zones. 

Vladimir Putin ordered Russian authorities to recognise documents issued in rebel held east Ukraine. 

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