Weekday News Wrap: Friday, April 19, 2013
- If you haven’t been able to keep up with all of our posts on Wednesday’s Kiobel decision, An has a great round-up post here. Don’t forget that unsolicited submissions are still welcome for consideration.
- In other Kiobel news, ASIL has posted Curtis Bradley’s Insight here (.pdf).
- A judge in the Guatemalan case against former president Efrain Rios Montt has suspended his genocide trial on procedural grounds.
- Following briefings on the bleak humanitarian situation in Syria, the Security Council managed to find a consensus on a non-binding statement demanding an end to the escalating violence and human rights violations and urging both sides of the conflict not to restrict access to aid organizations.
- The United States has been looking into evidence of possible chemical weapon use in Syria and have preliminarily concluded that more review is necessary.
- Pakistani police have arrested former president Pervez Musharraf; he has been placed under house arrest for two days until he can be presented to an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad.
- Two rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel, coming a day after rockets were fired into the Israeli resort town of Eilat, both causing no injuries.
- The President of the ICRC, Peter Maurer, has urged the United States to exercise a “very restrained use of drones” in their strategy against al-Qaeda, reiterating that if drones are used outside of a recognized armed conflict, “there is a problem.”
- EJIL: Talk! has a post by Gena Heathcote entitled: Is it the right time to reconsider jus ad bellum proportionality? A response to Kretzmer’s “The inherent right to self-defense and proportionality in jus ad bellum.“
- Over at the International Economic Law and Policy Blog, Rob Howse reports on concerns raised by Kenya about irregularities in the selection process of the five candidates, shortlisted to become the next WTO Director-General.