News Roundup – 11-18th December 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.

Things have been a bit busy over the past few months, and the news roundup has fallen by the wayside. However, as we are consistently told by practitioners and academics that the roundup is helpful – we have taken steps to reinstate it in 2018. This news roundup has been prepared by Sam Jackson, former LLM student of Utrecht University who is currently researching issues relating to armed groups and international law.

How law protects persons with disabilities in armed conflict

ICRC president warns over ‘explosive mix’ of urban conflicts

Congolese warlord found liable for $10 million reparations

Congo fighters jailed for life for child rape ceremonies: rights groups

Rebel infighting leaves Yemen’s capital more divided than ever

Yemen war: Air strikes on rebel prison in Sanaa ‘kill 30’

Philippines Extends Martial Law in South for Another Year

Macron calls for Sahel force against armed groups

Lafarge paid 13 million euros to armed groups to keep operating in Syria: rights group

Alistair Burt calls for urgent and unhindered humanitarian access to Eastern Ghouta

Russia will keep bases in Syria to strike at insurgents: Kremlin

Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias push towards Idlib province

U.N. says 137 Syrian sick kids stranded in rebel enclave

MSF estimates more than 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

War-scarred neighborhoods in Ukraine’s rebel-held Donetsk

Hezbollah Shifts Its Focus to Israel in the Wake of Washington’s Jerusalem Move

Libya: European governments complicit in horrific abuse of refugees and migrants

Pre-emptively targeting terrorists threatening national security is legitimate: in-depth analysis of Justice Adel Maged study on countering terrorism in Sinai

Statement by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, Calling on Parties to Facilitate Unimpeded Aid Delivery


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