Protecting civilians in armed conflict

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Kurdish region: amidst concerns about child recruitment, Geneva Call launches a campaign on the protection of the civilian population

7 February 2017

On 14th February 2017 Geneva Call is launching a 10-day video campaign on social media – mainly Facebook and Twitter - to raise awareness on the issue of recruitment and use of children during armed conflict and the... 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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Turkey: The PKK movement signs Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment prohibiting sexual violence and against gender discrimination

15 March 2016

On 1 March, one week before International Women’s Day, the Kurdistan Women’s Communities (KJK), the women’s branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment prohibiting sexual... read more

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IN THEIR WORDS – a new video featuring 13 representatives of armed non-State actors

16 September 2015

Geneva Call has just released a short video featuring 13 high-level representatives of armed non-State actors (ANSAs) from 10 countries, including Syria, Burma/Myanmar and Sudan. In it, they explain why they think it is... read more

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Turkey: monitoring the HPG/PKK’s prohibition on using children in hostilities

25 July 2015

Geneva Call recently visited the People’s Defense Centre/People’s Defense Forces (HPG), also known as the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), in order to monitor their commitment to prohibiting the use of children under... read more

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Major Kurdish armed group commits to the protection of children in armed conflict

25 October 2013

After three years of dialogue with Geneva Call, the People’s Defense Centre/People’s Defense Forces (HPG), also known as the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), has signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment for the... read more

New allegations on mine use by the Turkish armed forces suggests that independent verification missions are imperative

19 April 2010

Official Turkish documents published by the Turkish Newspaper Taraf daily confirm that the armed forces planted anti-personnel (AP) mines in South East Turkey in April 2009. The Turkish Government had previously... read more

Turkey: The Kongra Gel/HPG – also known as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – pledges to renounce the use of anti-personnel mines

18 July 2006

The Kongra-Gel/HPG Pledges to Renounce the Use of Anti-personnel Mines Geneva - 18 July 2006 The Kurdistan People’s Congress (Kongra Gel)/People’s Defence Forces (HPG), also known as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party... read more