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International brief ~ UN Security Council extends mission in Ethiopia/Eritrea

[JURIST] The UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1560 Tuesday, authorizing the extension of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea until March 15, 2005. The resolution also approved recommendations made by Secretary-General Kofi Annan about the redistribution of military forces in the border demarcation mission. The offical UN press release is available here, the Secretary-General's recommendations (S/2004/708) are available here, download the text of the Resolution here.

In other international law news...

  • The African Union begins the Second Continental Convention on Landmines tomorrow. The Conference will include leading legal experts from the African legal system and will work to creating a Common African Position based on such documents as the Kempton Park Plan of Action of the OAU and the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction. The official AU press release (in PDF) is here.

  • The domestic special court of Bosnia and Herzegovina for organized crime and war crimes has indicted an Iraqi-born suspect for war crimes committed in Bosnia in 1993. Abdulladhim Maktouf is accused of war crimes against Islamic fighters during the conflict. Maktouf's is the first indictment for the recently created Special Department on Organized Crime and War Crimes. See the report on the appointment of the prosecutor here. ISN has more.

  • Unocal may be sued for alleged human rights abuses that occurred in Myanmar while it was building a natural gas pipeline, a California court ruled yesterday. Superior Court Judge Victoria Gerrard Chaney stated in an oral ruling that a jury was capable of making decisions about whether Unocal was responsible for the use of soldiers in the Myanmar area to allegedly enslave village residents to build the pipeline. San Diego Union Tribune has more.

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