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10 July 2015

New intelligence on role of high government officials of UK, France and US concerning the fall of Srebrenica

New research of intelligence documents suggests that high government officials of the United Kingdom, France and the United States of America allowed Mladic and his army to proceed to the safe area of Srebrenica in 1995, while being aware of the risk of humanitarian disaster. (more…)

Source: The Guardian | Revealed: the role of the west in the runup to Srebrenica’s fall
Source: The Guardian | How Britain and the US decided to abandon Srebrenica to its fate
Source: Le sang de la realpolitik - L'affaire Srebrenica | Florence Hartmann | nouveauté E-pub disponible le 7 juillet 2015

24 June 2015

Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of human rights while countering terrorism: ‘The Security Council has an obligation to act’ to protect civilians from ISIL

‘The Security Council has an obligation to act’, Ben Emmerson, the Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of human rights while countering terrorism, said in a press release on the presentation of his latest report on the gross violations committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL) and the pressing need for accountability. ‘Given the reports of genocide, all members of the Security Council may now have a specific responsibility to take action to prevent this most serious of international crimes’, Mr. Emmerson said. (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | Security Council has ‘obligation to act now’ to protect civilians from ISIL – UN rights expert
Source: OHCHR | News | Act now to prevent industrial scale human rights violations by ISIL – UN expert calls on the Security Council | Geneva, 22 June 2015

24 June 2015

Court formulates concrete obligation for the Netherlands to further limit greenhouse gas emissions

Today, the Hague District Court ordered the Dutch State to take more action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands. In its judgment the District Court formulated a concrete obligation: the State has to ensure that Dutch emissions in the year 2020 will be at least 25 per cent lower than emissions in 1990. Current Dutch policy aims for a reduction of 17 per cent at most in 2020. As this is below the norm of 25 to 40 per cent for developed countries that is deemed necessary to have a real chance at preventing dangerous climate change, the Urgenda Foundation and 886 individuals had requested the court for a ruling. (more…)

Source: De Rechtspraak | State ordered to further limit greenhouse gas emissions | Press Release | The Hague, 24-06-15

23 June 2015

SHARES collection of articles on Organised Non-State Actors published in NILR

The collection of articles on Organised Non-State Actors (edited by Jean d’Aspremont, André Nollkaemper, Ilias Plakokefalos and Cedric Ryngaert) has been published in: (2015) 62 Netherlands International Law Review 49-160. The collection was organised with support of the research project on Shared Responsibility in International Law (SHARES) at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) of the University of Amsterdam, the Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law, and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. A SHARES/UU/KU Leuven Seminar on ‘Shared Responsibility and Organised Non-State Actors’ was held in Utrecht on 13 December 2013. (more…)

Source: Springer Link | Netherlands International Law Review | Volume 62, Issue 1, April 2015

17 June 2015

Ban Ki-moon: international community has ‘a special obligation to act’ for Yemen peace

The international community has not a moment to lose if it is to help end the fighting in Yemen and broker a lasting peace for the country, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Briefing the press he explained that as total casualty figures surpassed 2,600, the UN and member states retained ‘a special obligation to act’. ‘Today, Yemen’s very existence hangs in the balance. While parties bicker, Yemen burns’, he said, adding: ‘The parties have a responsibility to end the fighting and begin a real process of peace and reconciliation.’ (more…)

Source: UN News Centre | In Geneva, Ban says international community has ‘obligation to act’ for Yemen peace

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