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Iraq: Legislating the Status of the Popular Mobilization Forces

(Dec. 7, 2016) On November 26, 2016, the Iraqi Parliament institutionalized the people’s fighting forces known as Al-Hashd al-Shaabi, or the Popular Mobilization (PM), by passing a special law on the matter. (Law of the Popular Mobilization Authority (2016 Law), Iraqi Parliament website (Nov. 26, 2016) (in Arabic).) Under the new law, the PM is […]

Liberia: Amnesty for Surrender of Weapons

(Sept. 16, 2016) It was reported on September 12, 2016, that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia has issued a proclamation encouraging anyone in three of the country’s counties to surrender their small arms and light weapons. The counties are Grand Gedeh, Maryland, and River Gee, which are located along the border this West African […]

Vietnam: Legislature Considers Law on Guard Force

(Aug. 22, 2016) During its current session, which began on August 15, 2016, the National Assembly of Vietnam (NA) discussed proposed legislation on the country’s Guard Force. While a 2005 ordinance gave a general structure to the Guard Force, according to the Vice Chairman of the NA, Do Ba Ty, legislators have now agreed to […]

United Nations: Ban Ki-moon Decries Increase in Child Soldiers

(June 10, 2016) The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, expressing shock at the marked increase in violations of children’s rights, has called for changes in law and policy to better protect young people. His concern was focused on the use of child soldiers in a number of countries, particularly Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, and […]

Mali: Peace Deal Concluded

(June 26, 2015) On June 20, 2015, Tuareg rebels, who have been in conflict with authorities in Mali for years, signed a peace accord with the government. The accord gives the northern part of the country, which includes the cities of Timbuktu and Gao, partial autonomy. The Tuareg had taken over that part of Mali […]

Italy: Updated Legislation on International Military Cooperation

(Mar. 26, 2015) On February 20, 2015, Italy’s Parliament passed new legislation, Decree-Law No. 7, regulating the involvement of the Italian Armed Forces in international cooperative activities. (Decree-Law No. 7 of February 18, 2015, Urgent Measures for the Fight Against Terrorism, Including International Terrorism (D.L. No. 7), GAZETTA UFFICIALE, No. 41 (Feb. 19, 2015), NORMATTIVA.) […]

Italy: Updated Legislation on Fight Against Terrorism

(Mar. 24, 2015) On February 20, 2015, new legislation amending the Criminal Code with respect to fighting terrorism entered into effect in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 7 of February 18, 2015, Urgent Measures for the Fight Against Terrorism, Including International Terrorism, as well as Extension of the International Missions of the Armed Forces and Police, Cooperation […]

United Nations: Working Group Says Private Military Companies Should Be Regulated

(Nov. 13, 2013) On November 4, 2013, the United Nations Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries urged the countries of the world to create a binding agreement that would regulate the operations of private military and security companies (PMSCs). (Press Release, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Expert Group Calls for […]