As details start to emerge of a fresh set of attacks perpetrated by terrorist group Boko Haram, the situation in Nigeria seems to be deteriorating. Hundreds of people have been found murdered in North-Eastern Nigeria on Monday. The violence seems to have spread beyond Nigeria’s borders; Chad, Niger and Cameroon have all been under attack from Boko Haram, where heinous attacks have been committed injuring and killing hundreds.
On Monday 16th February, Libyan militants pledging allegiance to the self-proclaimed “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)” released a video showing the gruesome beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.
On February 3rd, the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” published a video showing Jordanian pilot Moaz Kasasbeh being burned alive.
Lt. Moaz Kasasbeh had been held captive since his F16 crashed on 24th December in Raqqa, Syria, an “Islamic State” stronghold. The Jordanian Government had appealed to “IS” representatives to release the captured pilot in exchange for one of the terrorists implicated in the 2005 bombings in Amman, Jordan.
Geneva Centre condemns the murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by the so-called “Islamic State”
The Geneva Centre condemns the heinous murder of Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto. Through his dauntless journalism, Mr. Goto sought to communicate to the world the sufferings of the proud Syrian people. His journalism focused on the lives of ordinary people in war-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East, and he was truly an advocate and campaigner for peace in the region.
On 16th December, militants from the Pakistani Taliban attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 141 people, 132 children amongst them. This brutal attack is not an isolated case, and represents the peak of a long series of terrorist attacks whose ferocity cannot be neglected. It occurred one day after the strike taken place in Sydney Lindt Cafè, Australia, and less than two weeks after “Al Reem Ghost” attack, which took place in Al Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
A new study warns against ISIL fighters in Libya and gives an overview on Benghazi and Derna warlords’ crimes
A recent study issued by Al Arabiya Institute of Studies sustains that the atrocities perpetrated by the self-proclaimed jihadist groups in Libya are not much different from what the so-called ISIL is currently doing in Iraq and Syria. The practices carried out by Libyan extremist groups, in fact, match with the notion of war crimes and crimes against humanity, which deserve prosecution before the International Criminal Court, whose authority in this context was entrusted by UN Security Council Resolution n. 1970 (2011).
Hervé Gourdel, the French tourist recently kidnapped in Algeria, has been beheaded following French President Hollande’s refusal to halt air raids on the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)”. The 55-year-old mountaineering guide had no idea that his hiking trip to Algeria would have cost him his life.
22nd Special Session: The Human Rights Council requests the OHCHR to urgently dispatch a mission to Iraq
On September 1st, the Human Rights Council held a Special Session on the human rights situation in Iraq in light of the abuses committed by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associate groups.
Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention: the Government of Switzerland will resume the consultations suspended in 2011
The Fourth Geneva Convention is at the core of international humanitarian law; its aim is to specifically protect civilians during hostilities.
As Violence in Syria Reaches “Unthinkable Levels”, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry reports to the Human Rights Council
The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic today reported to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the ongoing conflict. They noted with regret that “save for the efforts of humanitarian agencies operating inside Syria and along its borders, the international community has done little but bear witness to the plight of those caught in the maelstrom. Syrians feel abandoned and hopeless. The overwhelming imperative is for the parties, influential states and the international community to work to ensure the protection of civilians. In particular, as set out in Security Council resolution 2139, parties must lift the sieges and allow unimpeded and safe humanitarian access”.