COVID-19

Ensuring vaccinations in territories under the control of non-State armed groups

*The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations* By December 2021, people living in humanitarian emergencies had received less than 4 per cent of the 8 billion globally administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. As a UN official stated, the “poorest and conflict-affected …

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COVID-19 measures by armed groups: what legal framework applies?

*The views expressed in this post are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the ICRC* In 2020, armed groups in Colombia began imposing COVID-19 containment measures ranging from bans on traveling in boats and vehicles to shop closures, night-time curfews and lockdowns of entire communities. This is only one example …

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Blog symposium: The Role of Non-State Armed Groups in Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic

Individuals living in conflict-affected zones have been particularly vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19 during the last few years. This has been mainly due to their lack of access to appropriate facilities, testing kits and vaccines, often combined with unstable and violent scenarios. Understandably, as a result of the predominant State-centric architecture of the international …

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News Roundup 9 August – 15 August

Over 18,000 children recruited by Colombia’s FARC rebels -court Mali: Dozens of civilians massacred in militant raids on villages Chad invites armed groups to participate in national dialogue Mozambique Government Retakes Key Town from Militants Damascus’s False Reconciliation Failed in Daraa Ethiopia denounces rebel alliance as war widens Palestinian Rockets in May Killed Civilians in …

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News Roundup 5 April – 11 April

How seven years of war and COVID-19 split Ukraine in two Ten Myanmar rebel groups back anti-coup protests, condemn junta crackdown Sub-Saharan Africa: The devastating impact of conflicts compounded by COVID-19 Holdout rebels, sidelined victims, and other hurdles to peace in Darfur What’s behind the rising violence in Sudan’s Darfur?            Sudan: Fighting in West Darfur …

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News Roundup 8 February – 14 February

Colombia armed groups turn forcibly recruited children into ‘war machines’: government British human rights lawyer elected chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court COVID fuelling risk of recruitment and use of children in conflict, UN and EU warn on International Day Civilians in Kenya’s northeast targeted by both jihadists and the state COVID sparks resurgence …

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COVID-19: three conflict parties express their views on ceasefires and the response to the pandemic

On 14 May 2020, Fight for Humanity hosted an online panel with several conflicting parties that answered the United Nations Secretary General’s global call for a ceasefire to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was attended by 250 participants including from States and UN agencies, international and national NGOs working on humanitarian and peace issues, …

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Human rights derogations/ restrictions in the time of COVID-19: what is their relevance in situations where an armed group or de facto entity controls territory?

As we scramble to understand how international law governs the COVID-19 crisis, it has been rightfully said that it is important not to forget the hundreds of thousands of people who are living in territories controlled by armed groups. Although international humanitarian law will undoubtedly protect the people living in these territories, some of the …

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