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.

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Rebel army backers open US office. UN to release divisive report on Rwanda support for Congo rebels. Malian militias unite against rebel occupation in the north.  Mali: Islamists seize Gao from Tuareg rebels. Assad talks ‘state of war’ as rebels attack. Insurgent attacks kill 10 police in Afghanistan.  Ethiopian blogger Eskinder Nega ‘guilty of terror …

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Afghan attacks jump after long drop.  Central African Republic – Victim: my daughter cried when she saw Bemba’s men assaulting me. Rebel held Syrian town struggles to keep the peace. Rwanda PM slams claims it supports Congo rebels.  Africa’s Islamist militants ‘co-ordinate efforts in threat to continent’s security’. 

Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict – Update

During yesterday’s day long open debate on the theme of the Protection of Civilians and Armed Conflict, State representatives were given the opportunity to respond to the recommendations contained in the UN Secretary-General’s May 2012 Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. Perhaps of most interest to readers of this blog, will be State delegates reactions to …

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Syria’s Rebels Await Weapons Shipments from Sources Abroad. Video – Former U.N. Ally Bosco Ntaganda Still at Large in Congo, Wanted for War Crimes.. Taliban insurgents attack popular Kabul resort; at least 20 killed. Army end Taliban insurgent attack on hotel near Kabul. Saudi Arabia plans to fund Syria rebel army. Syrian civilians hit hard …

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Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Today the Security Council is holding its thirteenth open debate on the Protection of Civilians (‘POC’) in Armed Conflict. The Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict has been a thematic issue on the Security Council’s agenda since 1999, when the President of the Security Council asked the United Nations Secretary-General to submit a report on …

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The Secretary General issued his report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council which gives an overview of the situation of girls and boys in conflict zones and measures taken for their protection. The report includes a list of parties who recruit and use children, kill and maim, commit sexual violence or attack …

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Syrian rebels launch offensive to retake key Homs neighborhood Syria, rebels agree truce for Homs evacuation: ICRC Turkish military says warplanes, helicopters have struck Kurdish rebel targets inside Iraq C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition Sectarian clashes in Nigeria leave at least 80 dead A Taliban suicide bomber on a motorbike …

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Lubanga tells ICC judges that he was a peacemaker and not a warlord. Interview with Jakob Kellenberger, head of the ICRC, in which he confirms a view that the rules of NIAC need to be developed. Colombia approves a new law which sets out the guidelines for more talks with the FARC and ELN. See commentary …

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