Welcome to Rogier Bartels, co-editor of the blog!

I am very happy to welcome Rogier Bartels as co-editor of the Armed Groups and International Law blog. 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 …

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News Roundup – 7 August 2012

Philippine troops pursue rebels, dodge sniper in south as clashes continue; 7 dead in 3 days.  Mali case throws spotlight on ICC budget constraints.  Iran in pledge to ‘ally’ Syria.  Nigeria church attack in Kogi state ‘kills 19’.  East DR Congo faces ‘catastrophic humanitarian crisis’.  Egypt vows to hunt down gunmen in deadly border raid.  …

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Two armed non state actors from Burma/ Myanmar sign Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment for the Protection of Children from the Effects of Armed Conflict

 Yesterday, two armed non-state actors from Burma/ Myanmar –  the Karenni National Progressive Party/ Karenni Army (KNPP/KA) and the New Mon State Party/ Mon National Liberation Party (NMSP/MNLA) – became the first signatories Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment for the Protection of Children from the Effects of Armed Conflict. By signing the Deed of Commitment, the two …

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Upcoming Chatham House event on the classification of armed conflicts under international law

On 1 October 2012, there is a Chatham House event on the classification of armed conflicts under international law with Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG QC, Barrister, former Legal Adviser of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Philip Leach, Professor of Human Rights, Director of the Human Rights and Social Justice Research Institute, London Metropolitan University, Dr Noam Lubell, …

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News Roundup – 6th August 2012

Syrian rebels hold Iranians. Rebels fill Aleppo power vacuum, some disapprove.  General Assembly urges immediate halt to violence in Syria. Uganda denies backing M23 rebels.  Security Council reiterates demand on renegade soldiers to cease violence in DRC.  Ivory Coast Violence: Abidjan army attack kills 6.  Nigeria suicide bombing kills soldiers in north-east.  Nigeria gunmen storm oil …

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News Roundup 3 August 2012

Tajikistan: armed group is offered amnesty in exchange of weapons. Syrian rebel army chief slams new rebel group. Seven Iranian aid workers abducted by unknown armed group in Libya. Syrian rebels risk losing the moral high ground, as video shows summary executions. Will ethnic alliances protect Bosco Ntaganda? Afghan forces thwart insurgent attack on Kabul. …

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News Roundup – 2nd August 2012

Insurgents kill four Afghans for links with Western firm. Kofi Annan resigns as UN-Arab League special envoy. Al-Qaeda trio arrested in Spain. Obama signs order supporting Syria rebels.

News Roundup 1 August 2012

Rebels in Syria’s largest city said to seize two police stations. Syrian rebels acquire surface to air missiles. Syrian rebels hold pro-government prisoners in former school. Syrian rebel shootings condemned. New International Crisis Group report on Syria: ‘Syria’s Mutating Conflict’. Car bombs kill 19 in Iraqi capital.    

News Roundup 31st July 2012

Aleppo rebels say they stand firm in regime’s grave. Mobile gender courts delivering justice in the DRC.   Iran, Al-Qaida and the Taliban should pay $6bn to 9/11 victims’ families says US judge.  HRW report on Maoist conflict in India: “Between Two Sets of Guns”.