Begüm Simsir

Begümhan I. Simsir is a policy and research intern at the IFRC. She holds an LL.M. in IHL and human rights from the Geneva Academy. Her LL.M. thesis focused on the protection of wounded and sick hors de combat with a focus on mental health. She graduated from the Turkish German University Law School with a thesis focused on the protection of girl soldiers during and after armed conflicts. She has worked with various organizations, including Human Rights Measurement Initiative, Generation Human Rights, UNESCO, Airwars and the International Review of the Red Cross.

News Roundup 21 November – 27 November

Colombia’s ex-FARC leaders face up to eight year sentences for kidnappings Sudan releases three former military detained over establishment of armed group Aid worker killed in ambush by armed group in Mozambique Fighting between armed groups leaves 18 dead in Colombia KNU’s grand forum brings all different Karen armed groups together in a public forum …

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News Roundup 14 November – 20 November

Several officers from ethnic Kachin armed group captured by Myanmar military Sudan arrests retired military who formed an armed group Hundreds flee as Congo’s M23 rebels near key city of Goma Iran intensifies crackdown in Kurdish area; rights group says four killed Karen rebels hail victories over Myanmar Junta in outposts and convoy attacks Al-Burhan …

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French Court sentences former commander of ULIMO, Kunti Kamara, to life

On the 2nd of November, after almost four weeks of trial, Paris Cour d’assisses found Mr Kunti Kamara guilty of crimes against humanity and several other crimes. Mr Kamara, 48, is a former member and regional commander of the rebel group United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (ULIMO), which was active during Liberia’s first …

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News Roundup 7 November – 13 November

Al-Shabab Gunmen Attack Military Base in Central Somalia Top Mali Commander Calls on All Tuaregs to Fight Islamic State Group Northern Ireland Paramilitaries ‘coercing and sexually exploiting young people’ Ethiopian Rights Organization Demands Government to Act over Continued Killings/Violence in Oromia UN accuses Mali Army, Jihadist Groups of Massacres Syrian government aligned forces, Islamic State …

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News Roundup 31 October – 6 November

Paris court sentences Liberian ex-rebel to life in prison M23 hails Kenya peace efforts, blames Kinshasa for war in North Kivu In Azerbaijan, the “illegal armed group” founded by Iranian intelligence was exposed Ethiopia-Tigray war parties agree pause Uganda: Security arrests topmost commander for new rebel group Argentina: Higher court orders rebel group leaders to …

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News Roundup 10 October – 16 October

A surrendered Mon armed group transformed as a militia Armed groups reject political settlement between Sudan’s FFC and military Jihadist group takes over strategic town in northwest Syria Pro-Russian armed groups expect intensive fighting in southern Ukraine Colombia and ELN rebels to restart peace talks Paris trial opens over crimes against humanity in Liberia Villagers …

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News Roundup 3 October – 9 October

Armed group attacks peacekeeping base in DRC second time this week Somali government says it has killed Al-Shabab co-founder Colombia’s government, ELN rebels agree to restart peace talks next month Nigeria agrees to end military detention of children ‘Odious acts’: 7 Djibouti soldiers killed in armed group attack Civilians in firing line as conflict returns …

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News Roundup 26 September – 2 October

Libya: Five dead in fighting between armed groups Sudanese armed group calls to review Juba peace agreement Colombia says 10 armed groups agree to ceasefire Karen armed group allied to Myanmar junta denied officers retirement amid recruitment crisis 11 killed, dozens missing after attack on Burkina Faso convoy ICC starts trial against Central African Republic …

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