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DR Congo: child soldiers leave armed groups following Geneva Call’s awareness-raising efforts

1 February 2017

More than 40 children have recently left armed non-State actors operating in North Kivu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Most of them come from three armed non-State actors that Geneva Call has…... read more

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Inside the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo: ending the use of child soldiers

10 December 2016

In Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, numerous children under 18 are recruited by armed groups. Geneva Call is negotiating with 4 of them to put an end to this practice. In July 2016, Geneva…... read more

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Geneva Call gathers 21 armed movements in Geneva to discuss how to better protect children and education in armed conflict

1 December 2016

From 22 to 24 November 2016, 31 leaders, commanders and advisers of 21 armed movements from 11 countries, including Syria, Iraq, Colombia, Yemen, and Burma/Myanmar, participated in workshops and discussions around the... read more

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DR Congo: Launch of the “Fighter not Killer” awareness campaign to sensitize armed movements on the rules of war

27 July 2016

Goma, July 27th 2016 “Act as a fighter and not a killer”; this is the core of the multimedia campaign that Geneva Call launched in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on July 27th, in the presence of... read more

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Democratic Republic of Congo: first steps towards greater respect for the civilian populations in North Kivu

6 July 2016

Geneva Call is entering its second year of work in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The organization has recently observed concrete examples of improvements in respect for civilians by various armed groups with... read more

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Democratic Republic of Congo: A Mai Mai armed movement changes its code of war following recommendations from Geneva Call

22 January 2016

After several meetings with Geneva Call, and dialogue in the Masisi region, the leaders of the Alliance of Patriots for a Free and Sovereign Congo (APCLS) have amended their code of war and code of conduct in... read more

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Democratic Republic of Congo: first workshops with high-level officers from two major armed movements

20 July 2015

After hours of travel by jeep and long walks into the forest, Geneva Call met with high-level officers, legal advisers and military instructors from two of the main armed movements operating in the Democratic Republic... read more

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Democratic Republic of Congo: a dialogue on the protection of civilians has started with two major armed movements

30 May 2015

Following the establishment of first contacts last February, Geneva Call recently conducted a field visit to two major national and foreign armed movements operating in the Masisi and Walikale territories of the... read more

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Democratic Republic of Congo: first contacts with armed groups in the Masisi territory

4 March 2015

In February, 36 leaders and representatives of local civil society organizations attended a two-day workshop on Geneva Call’s work and on the laws of armed conflict. The workshop took place in a village located in the... read more

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DRC: Geneva Call starts discussions with key provincial stakeholders on civilian protection

15 July 2014

In July 2014, Geneva Call gathered in Goma influential people who are aware of the dynamics of armed non-State actors (ANSAs) and could potentially support Geneva Call in its effort to protect civilians in the conflict... read more