News Roundup – 17 August 2012

Peruvian Shining Path rebels kill soldiers in ambush.  Afghan helicopter crash kills 11.  Suicide bombers storm Pakistani airbase.  Nigerian troops kill 20 suspected militants.  Bloody day of blasts in Iraq kills more than 70. Reuters: Algeria’s Brahimi agrees to be Syria mediator.  18,000 minors enrolled in Columbia’s armed groups.

Public International Law & Policy Group concludes there is sufficient legal basis for humanitarian intervention in Syria

The Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) has just released a legal memorandum setting forth the legal basis for humanitarian intervention in Syria. The PILPG’s press release announcing the memorandum is as follows:-  Under the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (“R2P”), there is a sufficient legal basis to use military force against the Syrian regime for …

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News Roundup – 15 August

Defence opens case in Bemba war crimes trial at ICC  Q&A on ICC Landmark Decision on Reparations for Victims by Redress. Mali Army Says Regional Intervention Only Welcome in North of Country Liberia arrests 6 following attack in Ivory Coast, denies that fighters came from Liberia Mimicking al Qaeda, militant threat grows in Sinai Kurdish …

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News Roundup – 14 August

Syria crisis: west loses faith in SNC to unite opposition groups Reuters: Libyan fighters join Syrian revolt against Assad U.S. says Hezbollah is helping Syrian regime Human Rights Watch Q&A on IHL and Syria Armed clashes increasing in frequency in Tripoli UN-African Union official stresses need to protect displaced persons in North Darfur

63 year anniversary of the Geneva Conventions

Sunday 12 August, celebrations of “International Humanitarian Law Day” took place. This date was also used to draw attention to a humanitarian cause. On 12 August 1949, the main treaties of international humanitarian law (IHL), the four Geneva Conventions of 1949, were concluded. Since the recent ratification by South-Sudan these treaties are – once again …

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News Roundup – 13 August

Kurdish MP in Turkey abducted ‘by PKK’ Syria rebel fighters vow to shun torture, abuse Syrian video said to show rebels throwing bodies off roof U.S., Turkey to study Syria no-fly zone Soldiers Fighting Congo Rebels Live in Squalor Egypt Sinai peacekeepers deny they came under fire Nigeria army kills 20 Boko Haram Islamists.

News Roundup – 10 August 2012

Algerian Lakhdar Brahimi ‘to be new UN Syria envoy’ Congo Rebels Strengthen Hand as Summit Fails to End Conflict (Johannesburg) Sinai: Egypt tribes back offensive against militants “War crimes by Syrian rebels must be condemned too” Will Syria’s Kurds benefit from the crisis? Syrian rebels driven by religion, but on their own terms Britain faces …

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News Roundup – 9 August 2012

Syrian rebels lose key district of Aleppo. Egypt sends reinforcements to Sinai as offensive builds. Pakistani Taliban threaten to kill Imran Khan. Mali Islamists cut off suspected thief’s hands. Ban Ki Moon urges Security Council to consider taking more action in relation to Mali.

News Roundup – 8 August 2012

Reuters reports mixed feelings among rebel ranks about Islamist foreign fighters. Tensions arise over Iranian hostages.  Scars of separation as Kashmir insurgency winds down.  ICC issues first decision on reparations for victims in the Lubanga case.  Egypt launches airstrikes on Sinai after troop massacre.  Syria Crisis: Cyber war and disinformation growing.  Kagame and Kabila fail …

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