Codes of Conduct

“International Law Talk” by Non-State Armed Groups

Non-state armed actors are increasingly engaging in “international law talk” – where they invoke the Geneva Conventions, mention humanitarian principles, and participate in international legal debates inside and outside of courtrooms. The Polisario Front in Western Sahara did it, the FARC in Colombia did it, the Taliban/Islamic Emirates in Afghanistan (IEA) did it, and the …

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News Roundup – 22 July 2013

Colombian president vows to fight FARC after killings. Colombian peacetalks: Is Colombia’s 50 year war about to end? EU ministers agree to blacklist Hezbollah’s armed wing. Syria rebel claims Assad gave chemical weapons to Hezbollah. Competition among Islamists: one Islamist rebel group seems to have overtaken all others. North Kivu sees fresh clashes as Kampala …

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Small Arms Survey ‘Armed Actors Issues Brief’ – ‘Demobilization in the DRC: Armed Groups and the Role of Organizational Control’

In April 2013, the Small Arms Survey published the first edition of its new series ‘Armed Actors Issues Brief’ entitled  ‘Demobilization in the DRC: Armed Groups and the Role of Organizational Control’. The briefing provides exactly the kind of real-life insight into the internal organization of armed groups which we like to share with the …

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News Roundup – 13 May 2013

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada document on Colombia: Recruitment methods of armed groups, including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) (2011-March 2013) Historic conviction brings long-awaited justice in Guatemala Interview with ICRC president Maurer: The use of armed drones must comply with laws UN Children’s Fund condemns in strongest possible terms killing of …

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Small Arms Survey Occasional Paper: ‘Internal Control: Codes of Conduct within Insurgent Groups’

‘The Small Arms Survey has brought out a new occasional paper called ‘Internal Control: Codes of Conduct within Insurgent Groups’. The report is written by Olivier Bangerter who works as a Senior Researcher at the Small Arms Survey. Between 2001 and 2011, Olivier worked at the ICRC. Between 2008 and 2011, he served as an adviser on  …

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Geneva Call launches ‘Their Words’ – a database of humanitarian commitments

Yesterday, Geneva Call launched a directory of humanitarian commitments by armed non state actors. There is no doubt that this database will be a unique and invaluable resource for scholars working on issues relating to armed groups and international law. Contents of the directory The directory developed by Geneva Call in partnership with the Swiss Foundation …

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Mullah Omar urges the Taliban to avoid civilian deaths: a cause to celebrate?

Last Thursday, Mullah Muhammad Omar, the reclusive Afghan Taliban leader, issued a 7-page statement to the Afghan people. Published ahead of the Eid al-Fitr festival, the statement urged Taliban insurgents to avoid civilian losses. Mullah Omar’s statement is the latest in a long succession of ‘instructions’ to Taliban fighters to avoid civilian casualties. In 2006, 2009 and 2010, the Taliban leadership …

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