30 November, 2015

Syria ~ the peace process

At the time of writing (30th November 2015) the British government is seeking to extend bombing to ISIL targets in Syria. The Royal Air Force is already engaged in Iraq.

Since 2012 there has been a peace process seeking to bring the Syrian Civil War to an end and the UK government is committed to this process.  Here are some links with further information:

Action Group for Syria - Final Commuique of 30th June 2012

Final Declaration on the results of the Syria talks in Vienna as agreed by participants - 30th October 2015

Statement of the International Syria Support Group - 14th November 2015



UN Security Council - Documents relating to Syria

Some background:


22 November, 2015

A global and unprecdented threat ~ UN SCR 2249


Islamic State" (IS) claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris on Friday 13th November - Reuters 14th November.   At the time, the President of France described the attacks as "an act of war."

The United Nations Security Council has now adopted UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2249 (2015) - Read the Resolution.  The resolution calls upon those Member States with the capacity to do so to take

19 November, 2015

Is international law futile in the face of modern terrorism?

An interesting article in The Guardian expresses concern that international law is somewhat impotent in the face of modern terrorism challenges - Lyal S. Sunga* - The Guardian 14th November

The author argues - "It is now urgent for States to update rather than sideline the Geneva conventions, agree upon a definition of ‘terrorist act’, perhaps through a new comprehensive UN convention against terrorism, strengthen international cooperation and public awareness of the role and importance of international humanitarian law, consider revising the International Criminal Court’s Statute explicitly to cover terrorist acts, and above all, maintain the high moral ground."

Please read the article.  This is a topic to which we must return .....!

* Lyal S. Sunga has conducted monitoring, investigation, reporting, technical cooperation, education and training in some 55 countries over the last 25 years in human rights, humanitarian law and international criminal law. He is Head of the Rule of Law program at the Hague Institute for Global Justice in The Netherlands, and Visiting Professor at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden