Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, August 29, 2013
- The UK has put a proposed resolution before the Security Council on Syria calling for military action to protect civilians, perhaps delaying US action. China has also called for restraint and calm in the situation, saying any intervention in the region would only make the turmoil worse.
- Human Rights Watch has a statement on possible intervention in Syria calling on all parties to follow international humanitarian law and for the situation to be referred to the ICC, and the Arms Control Blog offers an analysis of a new potential rationale for intervening in Syria.
- The Panama government has said that the undeclared shipment of Cuban weapons found on board a North Korean ship are a “violation” of UN sanctions against arms transfers to North Korea.
- Rwanda blocked a joint US-French proposal to impose UN sanctions on two senior commanders in the M23 rebel group in the eastern DRC, arguing that the evidence against the men was weak.
- In related news, a UN peacekeeper from Tanzania was killed and three others were wounded in an operation with the Congolese army to drive back M23 rebels from the city of Goma.
- The Paris prosecutor’s office has launched a preliminary investigation into the US NSA’s Prism surveillance program after French rights groups complained it was snooping on citizens’ emails and phone calls.
- Spreading the Jam has a post about the recent disqualification of ICTY Judge Harhoff and analyzes the letter that states: “[Judge Harhoff] has demonstrated a bias in favour of conviction such that a reasonable observer properly informed would reasonably apprehend bias.”