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ICRC Opinion Paper on Internment in Armed Conflict

Three days ago, the ICRC published an opinion paper called “Internment in Armed Conflict: Basic Rules and Challenges” on its website. The Opinion Paper is “an outline of the basic concepts and rules related to detention in both international and non-international armed conflict with, subsequently, a particular focus on internment, i.e. detention for security reasons …

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World Humanitarian Day 2014

Today is World Humanitarian Day, a day to commemorate all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world. On this day, the figures in the report Aid Worker Security Report 2014 by Humanitarian Outcomes make sobering reading. Briefly, here is the summary of its …

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Afghanistan- Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict Mid-Year Report 2014

Yesterday, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan published its mid-year report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict covering the period 1st January – 30 June 2014. The report was compiled further to Security Council Resolution 2145 (2014) “to monitor the situation of civilians, to coordinate efforts to ensure their protection, to promote …

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ICC OTP’s Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes

Today, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs Fatou Bensouda published the OTP’s long-awaited Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes (Policy Paper).  The Policy Paper is based on the Draft Policy Paper which was published on 7 February 2014 and circulated for public comment. On 7 March 2014, Fatou Bensouda said that her office had received …

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News Roundup – 25 March 2014

Amnesty International: Colombian peace talks fail to stop human rights abuses ahead of UN review Tug of war over Muslim community in western CAR International Crisis Group report: “The Next Round in Gaza”: report, summary and press release 22 Yemeni soldiers killed by militants Suicide bombings kill at least 17 in Afghanistan There Are at …

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News Roundup – 24 March 2014

Women’s harrowing tale of escape from Boko Haram CAR clash between peacekeepers and armed groups claims 4 lives Human Rights Watch compendium on CAR of materials published since the March 2013 Seleka Coup US military planes to hunt LRA leader Joseph Kony ICRC Staff Member Killed As Fighting Surges in Sudan’s Darfur Renewed Attacks on …

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News Roundup – 14 March 2014

Suspected extremists attack northern Nigeria city Human Rights Watch: Boko Haram Attacks Cause Humanitarian Crisis in Nigeria New report by Amnesty International: “Sudan: We can’t endure any more: The impact of inter-communal violence on civilians in Central Darfur” report, press release Sudan rebel leaders condemned to death Syrian rebels worry about losing grip on Homs …

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Report on the Legal Classification of the Armed Conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya

On 13–14 March 2013 a two-day workshop was held at Chatham House to consider what law applied to the situations of violence in respect of Syria, Yemen and Libya during the period 2010–2013. The ‘programme paper’ (published in March 2014) contains a detailed record of the workshop and the discussion that followed concerning the legal classification …

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New updates of ICRC Customary IHL database and French online IHL course (for non-specialised audiences)

The ICRC has made available on its online Customary IHL database an update of State practice of 14 countries relating to armed conflicts and humanitarian issues such as the distinction between combatants and civilians, the use of certain weapons, the special status of medical personnel and infrastructure, the protection of internally displaced persons, the legal …

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News Roundup – 10 March 2014

Christian militias take bloody revenge on Muslims in Central African Republic DRC army preparing to attack Rwandan rebels Libyan rebels warn of ‘war’ if navy attacks oil tanker UN envoy stresses need for support as Libya risks facing ‘unprecedented violence’ Amnesty International report: “Syria: Squeezing the life out of Yarmouk: War crimes against besieged civilian”, …

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