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Economic Community of West African States; Nigeria; United Nations: Partnership to Fight Spread of Weapons

(Mar. 31, 2014) Nigeria has partnered with two international organizations, the United Nations and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in developing a weapons collection program for the unstable northern portion of the country. The purpose is to limit the spread of small arms and light weapons (SALW), considered key to the civil […]

Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; International Criminal Court: Militia Leader Convicted of War Crimes

(Mar. 20, 2014) On March 7, 2014, the International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted Germain Katanga, a former militia leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, of four counts of war crimes and one crime against humanity. He was acquitted of other charges, including using child soldiers, rape, and sexual slavery. The decision, delivered by […]

European Court of Human Rights; Russia; Ukraine: Ukraine Files an Inter-State Application Against Russia

(Mar. 20, 2014) On March 14, 2014, following the intervention of Russia in Crimea and the ensuing crisis, Ukraine filed an inter-state application against the Russian Federation with the European Court on Human Rights (ECHR), which is located in Strasbourg. (Press Release, Council of Europe, Interim Measures Granted in Inter-State Case Brought by Ukraine Against […]

Mali; United Nations: Rights Expert Calls for Stronger Judicial System

(Mar. 11, 2014) Suliman Baldo, the United Nations independent expert on human rights in Mali, recently expressed his concern that crimes committed both by rebel groups and national forces during the 2012 conflict in the northern part of the country were not being effectively prosecuted. He issued this assessment in a press release, following his […]

Mauritania; United Nations: Plan to End Slavery Expected

(Mar. 11, 2014) Gulnara Shahinian, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary slavery, announced that on February 27, 2014, Mauritania agreed to adopt a roadmap to end slavery. (UN Expert Urges Mauritania to Take More Vigorous Efforts to Eliminate Slavery, UN NEWS CENTRE (Feb. 27, 2014).) The roadmap, due to be adopted on March 6, […]

Sri Lanka: Call for War Crimes Investigation

(Feb. 27, 2014) On February 24, 2014, Navanetham Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), called for an inquiry into the possibility that the two sides in Sri Lanka’s civil war both committed war crimes. The war, which went on for 25 years, ended in May 2009. (Stephen Adelgren, UN Rights Chief […]

Israel: Implementation of CERN Protocol on Privileges and Immunities

(Nov. 18, 2013) On November 11, 2013, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Law for the Implementation of the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, 5774-2013. (Text [in Hebrew], Knesset website (last visited Nov. 13, 2013).) The passage of the Law enables Israel, which has been an associate member […]

Economic Community of West African States: Single Customs Tariff Agreement

(Nov. 15, 2013) On October 25, 2013, the nations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a 15-country regional cooperative bloc, agreed to establish a single customs tariff system. (ECOWAS Member States, ECOWAS website (last visited Nov. 8, 2013); West African Bloc Moves Further Towards Regional Economic Integration, ALLAFRICA.COM (Oct. 26, 2013).) According […]

United Nations: Working Group Says Private Military Companies Should Be Regulated

(Nov. 13, 2013) On November 4, 2013, the United Nations Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries urged the countries of the world to create a binding agreement that would regulate the operations of private military and security companies (PMSCs). (Press Release, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Expert Group Calls for […]