31 July 2017
Our Strategic Adviser on International Humanitarian Law, Dr Annyssa Bellal, participated on 28 and 29 July 2016 to the 'Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict', co-sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the European University Institute, the University of Texas and the University of Oxford's Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict.
She talked about the issue of armed groups in light of the new 2016 ICRC Commentary of article 3 common to the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Her presentation related to her research on armed non-state actors, which resulted in a number of publications, including our recent publication entitled 'Human Rights Obligations of Armed Non-State Actors: An Exploration of the Practice of the UN Human Rights Council'.
We continue our research on the issue of armed non-state actors in 2017 and 2018: Dr Bellal is currently concentrating on the study of the practice of armed non-state actors and its relation to international law.
Our new publication brings attention to the devastating impact conflict has on persons with disabilities and highlights that many of the key international humanitarian law provisions that serve to minimize the impact of armed conflict are not being applied in a disability inclusive manner, resulting in persons with disabilities being killed, seriously injured or left behind as families flee armed attacks.
Our new publication Myanmar: A Battle for Recognition provides an overview of the subnational tensions and armed violence in the country and focuses on the latest developments and escalation of violence in Rakhine state where the Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) are opposed to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).
The Rule of Law in Armed Conflicts project (RULAC) is a unique online portal that identifies and classifies all situations of armed violence that amount to an armed conflict under international humanitarian law (IHL). It is primarily a legal reference source for a broad audience, including non-specialists, interested in issues surrounding the classification of armed conflicts under IHL.
This research aims at building a common understanding and vision as to how states and the relevant parts of the UN system can provide a concrete and practical framework to address human rights responsibilities of armed non-state actors.