Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, July 18, 2012
- The UN Security Council prepares for a new vote on Syria today, amidst raging battles in Damascus and tension between Russia and the West. Among the battles, a suicide attack in Damascus has killed the Syrian Minister of Defense.
- Foreign Policy looks in-depth into whether it matters that the ICRC has labeled the violence in Syria a non-international armed conflict. For more from Lawfare on the discussion surrounding the label of NIAC, click here and here.
- The European Court of Human Rights has asked Poland hand over secret documents detailing the CIA black site outside of Warsaw allegedly used for the extraordinary rendition of detainees in the “war on terror.”
- The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Christof Heyns, has urged the United States to stop the execution of two people with disabilities.
- Happy 94th birthday to Nelson Mandela!
- Parties seen as liberal have won the most seats in the first Libyan elections since the overthrow of Gaddafi.
- An Australian woman has won a multi-million dollar settlement against the Australian distributors of Thalidomide in the 1950s and 1960s.
- China has rescued 26 fisherman, mostly Chinese and Vietnamese, held by Somali pirates for 18 months.
- With more about piracy, Foreign Policy offers a piece analyzing piracy’s spread from East to West Africa.
- Iran has offered to insure foreign ships entering its waters in order to avoid an EU ban on insuring ships carrying Iranian crude oil.
- In other Iran news, it and other Middle-Eastern countries are being targeted in a cyber-espionage campaign.
- Justice in Conflict has a post analyzing whether the African Union and the ICC will mend fences with new leadership.
- And, for a little food-for-thought for every one of us working in international law, Foreign Policy in Focus highlights what they call the “Impotence of International Law.”