Protecting civilians in armed conflict

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Syria: civilians must be protected during the military operations in Raqqa

27 June 2017

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – an armed actor composed of Kurdish and Arabic fighters and supported by an international coalition -  launched a major offensive against the Islamic State group in Raqqa earlier... read more

Peshmergas

Iraq: coaching Peshmerga trainers in teaching the rules of war to their units

15 June 2017

In November 2016, 17 Peshmerga officers graduated from Geneva Call’s training of trainers on the rules of war. They have now started to disseminate these rules to all Peshmerga units. “Why should we treat an... read more

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Western Sahara: the Polisario Front announces the destruction of its remaining stockpiles of anti-personnel mines

12 June 2017

The Polisario Front recently announced the destruction of its remaining stockpiles of anti-personnel (AP) mines. At a meeting with Geneva Call in April, the President and Minister of Defence of the Sahrawi Arab... read more

education

Conference in Buenos Aires: schools and education must be protected in armed conflict

27 May 2017

On 28-29 March, Geneva Call’s President, Elisabeth Decrey Warner, was invited to speak in a high-level panel discussion at the Second International Safe Schools Conference that took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.... read more

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Iraq : first steps towards the creation of a training academy on humanitarian norms within the Popular Mobilization Forces

24 May 2017

The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and Geneva Call agreed to start a process to reinforce the PMF own capacity to train their fighters on humanitarian norms and the protection of civilians.  The PMF are one of the... read more

DRC

DR Congo: enhancing civilian protection following fighting in North Kivu

30 April 2017

During a field visit to the Masisi territory in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo in April, Geneva Call noted that recent fighting between several armed groups operating in the region had had dramatic... read more

PMF

Iraq: dialogue on the protection of civilians with one of the main armed actors, the Popular Mobilization Forces

25 March 2017

Since January 2016, Geneva Call has been engaging in a humanitarian dialogue with the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) on the protection of civilians. With more than 100 000 fighters, the PMF is one of the main…During a field visit to the Masisi territory in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo in April, Geneva Call noted that recent fighting between several armed groups operating in the region had had dramatic... read more

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Geneva Call advocates for a dialogue with armed groups on humanitarian issues at the Munich Security Conference

20 March 2017

Since the beginning of 2017, Geneva Call has been invited to participate in four international conferences to share its expertise in engaging armed non-State actors on the protection of civilian populations. The need of... read more

National Liberation Army

Colombia: Geneva Call meets the ELN peace talk delegation in Quito

15 March 2017

On 11th March, Geneva Call met with the peace delegation of the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Quito, Ecuador. This meeting provided a space to discuss possible humanitarian agreements between the parties, in... read more

Syria

Syria: senior commanders of 8 Free Syrian Army brigades met in Geneva to discuss how to better protect children during conflict

28 February 2017

Geneva Call held a workshop with commanders of 8 brigades of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to discuss the laws of armed conflict with a focus on the issues of child recruitment and protection of education in armed... read more