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A Shared Responsibility Trap: Supplying Weapons to the Syrian Opposition

A Shared Responsibility Trap: Supplying Weapons to the Syrian Opposition Syrian Opposition Flag (Wikipedia) Cross-posted at the SHARES Blog In the last few weeks, a shared responsibility trap has arisen in relation to the conflict in Syria. On 4 June 2013, the Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry …

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Human Rights: Member State, EU and ECHR Levels of Protection

Human Rights: Member State, EU and ECHR Levels of Protection Article 53 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union caused, already at its inception, a hermeneutical conundrum: Nothing in the Charter shall be interpreted as restricting or adversely affecting human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized, in …

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General Assembly Adopts Texts on Items Ranging from Self-Determination to Peace in South Atlantic; Supports Extension of Impunity Commission in Guatemala

General Assembly Adopts Texts on Items Ranging from Self-Determination to Peace in South Atlantic; Supports Extension of Impunity Commission in Guatemala The General Assembly, working through its busy agenda, today adopted five resolutions and one decision on a wide range of items, including on the self-determination of French Polynesia and …

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General Assembly, Adopting Political Text, Pledges to Address Twin Imperatives of Security, Development, in Efforts to End Conflict in Africa

General Assembly, Adopting Political Text, Pledges to Address Twin Imperatives of Security, Development, in Efforts to End Conflict in Africa Declaration Reaffirms Importance of UN-African Union Partnership, Capping Two-day Event amid Calls for Africans to Take Charge of Peace Efforts Recognizing that the “indispensable” partnership between the United Nations and …

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Bolivia Institutes Proceedings Against Chile Before the ICJ

Bolivia Institutes Proceedings Against Chile Before the ICJ After a lull of almost a year and a half, the ICJ got a new case – yesterday Bolivia instituted proceedings against Chile with regard to Chille’s alleged obligation to negotiate with Bolivia a fully sovereign acess to the Pacific Ocean for …

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African Union brings Sudan, rebels together for peace talks

African Union brings Sudan, rebels together for peace talks ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The African Union on Wednesday brought together for the first time for peace talks Sudan and insurgents fighting government troops in two states bordering South Sudan, in a conflict that has affected almost a million people.  Fighting …

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Are the two Koreas Now at War?

Are the two Koreas Now at War? In recent days the tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen. On 11 March, North Korea claimed  that it had terminated the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War of the 1950s and on 30 March stated that: “From this time on, the …

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Q&A ¿Qué dejó el referéndum en Malvinas?

What did the referendum in Malvinas leave?  1.-Did the “referendum” alter the international situation of the Malvinas  Islands?  No. The Malvinas Question continues being considered by the United Nations  (UN) as a territory subject to decolonization. For the UN, the Malvinas Question continues being a ” special and particular case ” of decolonization because it supposes a …

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Argentinians dismiss ‘illegal’ Falklands referendum

Argentinians dismiss ‘illegal’ Falklands referendum The claim on the islands known in Buenos Aires as the Malvinas is one of few points of general agreement in a divided country Every Tuesday, a group of Argentinian veterans of the Falklands war gather on the outskirts of Buenos Aires to cook up …

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