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20352638644_301f4e4872_k Middle East and Maghreb 

We mustn’t turn a blind eye on Yemen

The war and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is one of those that tend to be forgotten in public debate in the West over other pressing issues such as the wars in Ukraine and Syria, and their consequences for Europe. On February 18 this year, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect noted that “One year after the escalation of the conflict in Yemen, the world is witnessing the erosion of respect for international humanitarian and human rights law…

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A MONUSCO Peacekeeper stands near the wreckage of a nepalese armored vehicle which was hit the previous year in an ambush from ADF militia in the Beni region, the 13th of March 2014.   © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti Sub-Saharan Africa 

Islamist terrorists in the Congolese jungle? Myth and reality of the ADF

In December 2014, the renowned Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung published an article entitled „The ADF militia in Congo Kinshasa – Islamism in the heart of Africa”. Like other pieces in international media, the article claimed that the group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a phenomenon of typical violent Islamism and that the group has links to known jihadist groups such as al-Shabaab or Boko Haram. In addition, ADF has also been officially identified by the Congolese government and the UN Peacekeeping Mission in…

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