Weekly Round-Up: October 10-14

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Syria
A leader of the Syrian National Council (SNC) stated that Western countries must do more to change Russia’s position towards the crisis and support the opposition movement.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, urged international action to protect Syrian civilians and expressed her dismay at the worsening situation as the death toll exceeded 3000. Pillay said:

“The Government of Syria has manifestly failed to protect its population. Furthermore, it has ignored the international community’s calls to cooperate with international investigations…The onus is on all members of the international community to take protective action in a collective and decisive manner, before the continual ruthless repression and killings drive the country into a full-blown civil war.”

The six-state Gulf Cooperation Council has moved to hold an emergency meeting of foreign minister on the situation in the country.

Libya
Amnesty International released a report on Thursday detailing the arbitrary detention and abuse of detainees by Libya’s NTC forces, with clear evidence of torture to extract confessions in some cases.

Meanwhile, a UN human rights official expressed fears of widespread abuse of Gaddafi loyalists once the remaining strongholds of Sirte and Bani Walid fall.

Sudan
Three UN Assistance Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) peacekeepers were killed and six others injured in an ambush by gunmen in Darfur on Tuesday.

On Thursday, the Satellite Sentinel Project issued a report that corroborates eyewitness accounts and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) reports alleging that the Government of Sudan’s (GoS) Central Reserve Police (CRP) unit engaged in the unlawful abduction, detention, and extrajudicial killing of civilians in Kadugli, South Kordofan, Sudan

In an op-ed for the Global Post, John Prendergast of the Enough Project stated that internal, regional, and international changes present an opportunity for change in Sudan, and expresses the need for action to protect civilians in South Kordofan and Darfur.

Malawi
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited Malawi, a state party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, on Thursday for a regional trade summit. The government of Malawi stated that it would not arrest al-Bashir, which is an abdication of its responsibilities under the Statute of the Court.

Human Rights Watch urged the government of Malawi to meet its obligations under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and arrest Sudanese President al-Bashir during his visit to the country on Friday.

United States
The President of the United States announced that 100 combat-equipped military advisers would be deployed to Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to assist regional forces in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and its leader, Joseph Kony.

RtoP Round-Up
The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P) published its background briefing on the Opening of the 66th Session of the General Assembly, featuring analysis and important statements made by governmental delegations.

In our first publishing collaboration with e-International Relations, we featured a post written for their site by Rachel Gerber of the Stanley Foundation.

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