Weekly IHL Update


Monday, October 27, 2014

In the News

Cluster Bombs in Ukraine. Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch posted a video discussing possible use of cluster munitions in the conflict in Ukraine. The Ukrainian armed forces denied use of these indiscriminate weapons, which are banned by most countries thanks to the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Generally, use of cluster munitions raises concerns because of the indiscriminate effects of unexploded ordnance. 

Ongoing Violence in Libya. It has been over three years since Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi was killed but conflict continues between pro-government forces and Islamist militias. The death toll is rising as violence persists throughout Libya and any potential resolution faces a number of significant challenges due to the number of factions and the international response to the conflict.

#BringBackOurGirls Continues. Although Nigeria and Boko Haram apparently reached a ceasefire and agreed on the release of 200 girls kidnapped earlier this year, it looks as if the group may have abducted more women and girls this past week in northeast Nigeria. A successful truce between the government in Abuja and the militant Islamist group is now questionable.

Around the Web

Children in Conflict. This past week the ICRC released a video discussing the challenges for children living in South Sudan, particularly recruitment into armed groups, separation from family members, and lack of educational opportunities. The conflict in South Sudan is a target country of the Children, Not Soldiers campaign, which seeks to end the recruitment and use of children in armed forces throughout the world.

Friday Night Movie Night. Sundance award-winning film, E-Team, is now available on Netflix and in select theaters. The documentary, hailed as a “spellbinding story” and the “ultimate human rights activist documentary,” follows four investigators as they work to find and stop human rights abuses in conflict zones around the world.

On the Blog

Building a Case Against the Islamic State. Growing allegations about the atrocities committed by Islamic State (IS) militants led the United Nations to investigate and report on potential war crimes in the region. In the first of our series on the application of international humanitarian law to IS actions, we discuss the international criminal mechanisms that may be in play.


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