ORG’s April and May Global Monthly Security Briefings covered the current status of the al-Qaeda movement, and a loosely related development, the growth of the radical Boko Haram Islamist group in northern Nigeria. Since those briefings, there have been further developments. One issue of current concern relates to recent events in the West African state of Mali. Paul Rogers discusses the current security situation in Mali its context and assesses the implications of a possible foreign military intervention.
Source : Oxford Research Group
Mr Annan who has been visiting Iran said there could be “improved conditions on the ground” by Thursday morning. However the Syrian government had previously failed to withdraw troops and weaponry from large population centres as it had agreed. So far at least 100 people have been reported dead. Three people were killed on Wednesday after violent shelling in the city of Homs and the Deraa province.
Mr Annan told reporters in Tehran that he had received “further clarifications” from the government of President Bashar al-Assad on how it intended to suspend hostilities, and respect his six-point peace plan.
Mr Annan said “We have been in touch with them and have had positive answers from them and have also approached governments with influence to ensure that all parties respect the ceasefire”
Oxford Research Group (ORG) are inviting members of the public to the launch of a new initiative, “The Charter for the Recognition of Every Casualty of Armed Violence” on Thursday, 15 September 2011, at the British Academy in London, 9.30 – 11.30 am.
The Charter contains a set of three core demands on states to ensure that every person killed by armed violence is:
The Charter is the first to set out for the international community clear casualty-recording requirements that are grounded in international law. Such recording is vital, because it enables every individual’s death to be recognised in the interest of truth, justice, accountability, and greater public awareness of human losses.
For more information visit: http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/news/charter_launch