Emergency governance: armed-non-state actors facing COVID-19

*This blog is written in the authors’ personal capacities and does not purport to represent the views of Geneva Call* For the past two years, governments have been adopting a wide range of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and limit its human and economic impact, with a profound effect on the daily lives …

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News Roundup 21 February – 27 February

‘Nigerian air strike’ kills seven children in Niger Report: Role of Women in Cameroon Conflict Overlooked Colombia says it killed 23 members of armed groups, including one leader, in Arauca War Returns to Colombia’s Countryside Colombia ELN rebels call for three day curfew Somalia: Al-Shabaab Strikes Amid Polls Deadlock Ethiopia’s Abiy Says Government Open to …

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Ensuring vaccinations in territories under the control of non-State armed groups

*The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations* By December 2021, people living in humanitarian emergencies had received less than 4 per cent of the 8 billion globally administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. As a UN official stated, the “poorest and conflict-affected …

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List of resources dealing with the conflict in Ukraine and International Law

As events unfold, AGIL is compiling a list of resources to understand how international law applies to the conflict in Ukraine. Although the armed conflict in Ukraine between Russia and Ukraine would not usually be covered on this blog (because is not an non-international armed conflict), we know that many readers of this blog will …

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COVID-19 measures by armed groups: what legal framework applies?

*The views expressed in this post are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the ICRC* In 2020, armed groups in Colombia began imposing COVID-19 containment measures ranging from bans on traveling in boats and vehicles to shop closures, night-time curfews and lockdowns of entire communities. This is only one example …

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Blog symposium: The Role of Non-State Armed Groups in Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic

Individuals living in conflict-affected zones have been particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19 during the last few years. This has been mainly due to their lack of access to appropriate facilities, testing kits and vaccines, often combined with unstable and violent scenarios. Understandably, as a result of the predominant State-centric architecture of the international …

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News Roundup14 February – 20 February

How South Sudan’s peace deal sparked conflict in a town spared by war South Sudan: Sharp decline in violence against civilians International engagement in Libya is worsening prospects for peace Myanmar military atrocities may amount to war crimes, says rights group Military Violence Emboldens Myanmar’s Ethnic Resistance Tigray rebels gang-raped women and girls in Ethiopia …

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News Roundup 7 February – 13 February

In Iraq’s Sinjar, Yazidi returns crawl to a halt amid fears of Turkish airstrikes Somalia: Calls for justice as four children sentenced to death over involvement with armed groups Ethiopia accused of ‘serious’ human rights abuses in Tigray in landmark case Ethiopia in ‘much better place’ to resolve Tigray conflict: Mohammed UN chief ‘encouraged’ by …

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“Negotiating Survival” Book Symposium – Author Response to Contributors

I am incredibly grateful for all of the thoughtful contributions to this symposium, and read them with genuine excitement. The research for the Negotiating Survival and the writing process took many twists and turns. Initially, the focus wasn’t even civilian life under the Taliban. I intended to investigate the Taliban itself, and specifically how ideology …

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“Negotiating Survival” Book Symposium –Glancing at the Taliban Organisation

Negotiating Survival is an outstanding piece of scholarship. The book is the latest addition to a (relatively) recent, fieldwork-intensive, wave of civil war research that is interested in how rebels rule areas under their control (see, for instance, Mampilly 2011, Arjona et al. 2015, Stuart 2021). More specifically, the work fits within a particular strand of this rebel governance literature …

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