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  • The Human Rights Council held general debates on human rights bodies, mechanisms, and on Universal Periodic Review on the 29th of June 2012. During the debate on human rights bodies and mechanisms, delegations recognized the important contribution that Special Procedures made to the promotion and protection of human rights and the fulfillment of States’ human rights commitments. Some speakers...

  • The United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is underway at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 2–27 July 2012 to negotiate what is seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the United Nations (UN). UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the Diplomatic Conference on the ATT on 3 July 2012. In his opening remarks to...

  • The ICRC Commentaries on the 1949 Geneva Conventions date back to the 1950s and those on the 1977 Additional Protocols were subsequently developed in the 1980s. Since the original Commentaries were published, the Conventions and Protocols have been put to the test. Practice with respect to their application and interpretation has grown significantly. In order to capture these developments, a...

  • The rule of law is key to the implementation of the ‘responsibility to protect’ principle, often referred to as R2P, and the prevention of atrocities, a United Nations senior legal official has stated. “R2P represents an important commitment by the international community to protect populations from egregious crimes,” the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Patricia O’Brien, said at a...

  • Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for recruiting and using child soldiers in his rebel army in 2002 and 2003. The case is linked to ongoing violence in Eastern Congo which has recently flared up again. In March, Lubanga became the first person to be convicted by the ICC since it was set up 10 years ago. The Coalition for the International Criminal Court ...

  • Accountability has been a buzz word within the international community providing assistance, whether in a developing or conflict-affected context. In new analyses, IRIN looks at accountability through a number of lenses:

    What is accountability? What are ways organizations have tried to be accountable? What has been the progress of the international community on accountability? How to put...
  • South Sudan celebrates its first year as an independent state today. With that, Reuters created a photo spread looking at how South Sudan’s first year unfolded.

  • Through July 28th, PBS is showing their Documentary, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, online. It looks at how a documentary filmed in Guatemala in 1983 provided the key evidence to indict former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt with genocide. This timely look at the links between film evidence and international crimes comes when issues around documenting evidence of atrocities for...

  • A new report by the Open Society Institute-Brussels and Transparency International EU looks at the potential for new EU legislation governing the extractive industry to positively affect African citizens. The European Parliament and Council of Ministers have the opportunity in the coming months to make sure that EU based companies engaged in the oil, gas, mining and forestry sectors help...

  • Libya: armed forces and ICRC sign agreement under which the ICRC will provide support for the integration of the rules of international humanitarian law in the training and operations of the Libyan Armed Forces and in the Military Act.

    South Africa: In a move which threatens to undermine truth and reconciliation - the social contract that informed South Africa’s transition to democracy...

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