Protecting civilians in armed conflict

Armed Non-State Actors

The term armed non-State actors (ANSAs) encompasses a variety of entities. In the context of its mission, Geneva Call focuses on organized armed entities that are involved in armed conflict, which are primarily motivated by political goals and which operate outside State control, thereby lacking legal capacity to become party to relevant international treaties. These include armed groups, national liberation movements and de facto governing authorities. Geneva Call also works with non-recognized States as well as in situations of violence other than armed conflict if it is deemed that its action can have a positive impact on beneficiaries and lead to better protection for civilians.

Since 2000, Geneva Call has engaged around 100 armed non-State actors on four thematic areas and to date 54 of them have signed at least one of Geneva Call’s Deeds of Commitment.

List of armed non-State actors that have been engaged by Geneva Call

 

The ANSA is being engaged by Geneva Call on this thematic area

 

The ANSA was engaged by Geneva Call on this thematic area

 

The ANSA has signed the Deed of Commitment on this thematic area

Landmine ban

Child protection

Gender issues

Humanitarian norms

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Burundi Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie-Forces de Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD-FDD) No
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  • Burundi Party for the Liberation of the Hutu People – National Liberation Forces (Palipehutu-FNL) Yes
    Democratic Republic of Congo Alliance des Patriotes pour un Congo Libre et Souverain (APCLS) Yes
    Democratic Republic of Congo Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) Yes
    Democratic Republic of Congo Nduma Defense of Congo – Mai Mai Cheka (NDC) Yes
    Democratic Republic of Congo Nduma Defense of Congo – Rénové (NDC-R) Yes
    Niger Mouvement des Nigériens pour la Justice (MNJ) No
    Senegal Mouvement des Forces Démocratiques de Casamance (MFDC) Yes
    Somalia Banadiri No
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  • Somalia Hiran Patriotic Alliance/Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council (HPA/SRRC) No
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  • Somalia Islamist Courts Union (ICU) No
    Somalia Jowhar Administration No
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  • Somalia Juba Valley Alliance (JVA) Yes
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  • Somalia Puntland State of Somalia (PSS) Yes
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  • Somalia Rahanweyn Resistance Army / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council – Hassan Mohamed Nur “Shatigudud” (RRA/SRRC-Shatigudud) No
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  • Somalia Rahanweyn Resistance Army / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council – Sheykh Adan “Madobe” (RRA/SRRC-Madobe) No
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  • Somalia Somali African Muki Organization / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council – Nakuru (SAMO/SRRC/Nakuru) No
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  • Somalia Somali National Front / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council (SNF/SRRC) Yes
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  • Somalia Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM) – faction of General “Morgan” No
    Somalia Somali Patriotic Movement / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council – Aden Abdullahi Nur “Gabyow” (SPM/SRRC-Gabyow) No
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  • Somalia Somaliland authorities (Somaliland) Yes
    Somalia Southern Somali National Movement / BIREM (SSNM/BIREM) No
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  • Somalia Southern Somali National Movement/ Somalia National Army / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council (SSNM/SNA/SRRC) No
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  • Somalia Transitional National Government (TNG) No
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  • Somalia United Somali Congress / North Mogadishu/ Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council (USC/North Mogadishu/SRRC) No
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  • Somalia United Somali Congress / Somali Salvation Army (USC/SSA) No
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  • Somalia United Somali Congress / Somalia National Army / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council / Nakuru (USC/SSA/SRRC/Nakuru) No
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  • Somalia United Somali Congress / Somalia National Army/ Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council (USC/SSA/SRRC) No
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  • Sudan Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Yes
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  • Sudan Sudan Liberation Movement/Army – Abdel Wahid al-Nur (SLM/A-AW) Yes
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  • Sudan Sudan Liberation Movement/Army – Minni Minnawi (SLM/A-MM) Yes
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  • Sudan Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) Yes
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  • Sudan Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) No
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  • Western Sahara Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario Front) Yes
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    Burma / Myanmar All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF) Yes
    Burma / Myanmar Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) Yes
    Burma / Myanmar Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) No
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  • Burma / Myanmar Chin National Front/Army (CNF/CNA) Yes
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  • Burma / Myanmar Kachin Independence Organisation/Army (KIO/KIA) Yes
    Burma / Myanmar Karen National Union Peace Council/Karen National Liberation Army Peace Council (KNU-PC/KNLA-PC) Yes
    Burma / Myanmar Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army (KNU/KNLA) Yes
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  • Burma / Myanmar Karenni National Peoples Liberation Front (KNPLF) Yes
    Burma / Myanmar Karenni National Progressive Party/Karenni Army (KNPP/KA) Yes
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  • Burma / Myanmar Klo Htoo Baw Karen Organization/Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (KKO/DKBA) Yes
    Burma / Myanmar Lahu Democratic Front (LDF) No
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  • Burma / Myanmar Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) Yes
    Burma / Myanmar National Unity Party of Arakan (NUPA) No
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  • Burma / Myanmar New Mon State Party/Mon National Liberation Army (NMSP/ MNLA) Yes
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  • Burma / Myanmar Pa’O National Liberation Organization / Pa’O National Liberation Army (PNLO/PNLA) Yes
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  • Burma / Myanmar Pa’O Peoples Liberation organization (PPLO) No
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  • Burma / Myanmar Palaung State Liberation Front / Taan National Liberation Army (PSLF/TNLA) Yes
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  • Burma / Myanmar Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (South) (RCSS/SSA-S) Yes
    Burma / Myanmar Shan State Progressive Party / Shan State Army (North) (SSPP/SSA-N) Yes
    Burma / Myanmar Wa National Organisation (WNO) Yes
    India Hmar People’s Congress-Democracy (HPC-D) Yes
    India Kuki National Front (KNF) Yes
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  • India Kuki National Organisation (KNO) Yes
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  • India Naga National Council (NNC) Yes
    India National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) Yes
    India National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) Yes
    India National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khole Kitovi (NSCN-KK) Yes
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  • India National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak Muivah) (NSCN-IM) Yes
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  • India People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Yes
    India United National Liberation Front (UNLF) No
    India Zomi Re-unification Organisation (ZRO) Yes      
    Indonesia Aceh-Sumatra National Liberation Front/Free Aceh Movement (ASNLF/GAM) No
    Indonesia Free Papua Movement (OPM) Yes
    Nepal The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (CPN-M) No
    Philippines Communist Party of the Philippines / New People’s Army (CPP/NPA) Yes
    Philippines Moro Islamic Liberation Front / Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (MILF/BIAF) Yes
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  • Philippines Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Yes
    Philippines Revolutionary Workers Party of Mindanao (RPM/RPA) Yes
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  • Philippines Revolutionary Workers Party of the Philippines/Revolutionary Proletarian Army – Alex Boncayo Brigade (RPM-P/RPA-ABB) Yes
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  • Sri Lanka Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) No
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    Azerbaijan de facto Nagorno-Karabakh authorities Yes
    Georgia de facto Abkhazian authorities Yes
    Georgia de facto South Ossetian authorities Yes
    Iran Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) Yes
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  • Iran Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK) Yes
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  • Iran Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KPIK) Yes
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  • Iran Komala Party of Kurdistan (KPK) Yes
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  • Iran Komalah – The Kurdistan Organization of the Communist Party of Iran (Komalah-CPI) Yes
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  • Iran Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) Yes
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  • Iran National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Yes
    Iran The Kurdistan Democratic Party – Iran (KDP-Iran) Yes
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  • Iraq Affiliate Groups of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) Yes
    Iraq Kurdish Forces Yes
    Iraq Kurdistan Regional Government-Erbil (KRG-Erbil) No
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  • Iraq Kurdistan Regional Government-Sulaimanyia (KRG-Sulaimanyia) No
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  • Lebanon Forces of the Palestinian National Coalition (Tahaluf) Yes
    Lebanon Hezbollah Yes
    Lebanon Joint Security Force (JSF) Yes
    Lebanon Palestinian Liberation Organisation/Palestinian National Security Forces (PLO/PNSF) Yes
    Moldova de facto Transnistrian authorities Yes
    Syria Ahrar al-Sham (AAS) Yes
    Syria Democratic Self-Administration in Rojava / People’s Protection Units / Women’s Protection Units (YPG-YPJ) Yes
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  • Syria Fatah Army & affiliated factions Yes
    Syria Free Syrian Army & affiliated factions (FSA) Yes
    Syria Hazzm Movement No
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  • Syria Islam Army Yes
    Turkey People’s Defences Forces/Kurdistan Worker’s Party (HPG/PKK) Yes    
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  • Yemen Al-Houthi movement/Ansar Allah (Ansar Al-lah/Al-Houthi) Yes
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    Colombia National Liberation Army (ELN) Yes
    Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) Yes