Protecting civilians in armed conflict

Success stories

From its inception in 2000, Geneva Call has engaged with about 90 ANSAs worldwide and sensitized thousands of their leaders and members on international humanitarian norms. As of today, 49 ANSAs have signed the Deed of Commitment banning AP mines, 19 have signed the Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict, and 16 have signed the newly-launched Deed of Commitment prohibiting sexual violence and gender discrimination.

Overall, their compliance record has been good. Except in one case, no conclusive evidence of violation of the Deeds of Commitment has been found to date. Signatories have taken implementing measures and cooperated in the monitoring of their compliance by Geneva Call. In addition, a number of ANSAs that have not signed the Deeds of Commitment  have nevertheless taken steps towards compliance with international standards, for example by limiting mine use and/or facilitating mine action in areas under their control.

Over the past 13 years, Geneva Call has gained international recognition and support from many quarters, including States Parties to the AP Mine Ban Convention, the United Nations, the European Union, and the African Union, and is seen today as a global leader and a pioneer in its field.

Latest successes

 

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Syrian Kurdish armed non-State actor commits to ban anti-personnel mines, sexual violence and child recruitment

On 5 June 2014, in Ramalan, in the Kurdish region of Syria, the People's Protection Units (YPG), the Women's Protection Units (YPJ), and the « Democratic Self-Administration in Rojava » signed Geneva Call's Deed of Commitment banning AP mines and the Deed of Commitment prohibiting sexual... read more

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Burmese armed group commits to child protection and the prohibition of sexual violence

To read the version in Burmese, click here. On 19 March 2014 in Geneva, representatives from the Burma/Myanmar armed non-State actor -  the Chin National Front (CNF) and its armed wing the Chin National Army (CNA) – signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict... read more

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

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 Protection of Children from the Effects of Armed Conflict. The commitment was made on... read more

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Major Sudanese armed group commits against anti-personnel mines

On 29th August 2013, a delegation of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) - a leading force of the armed and political opposition in Sudan - comprising the Deputy Chairman Abdelaziz Alhilu and the Secretary General Yasir Arman, signed the Geneva Call Deed of Commitment for... read more

KNU

The KNU/KNLA commits to the protection of children and the prohibition of conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence

After seven years of dialogue with Geneva Call on international humanitarian norms, a ground-breaking step has been taken by the Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army (KNU/KNLA). KNU/KNLA has signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment for the Prohibition of Sexual violence in... read more

ZRO

The Zomi Re-­unification Organization commits to a prohibition of sexual violence in situations of armed conflict and towards the elimination of gender discrimination

While protests gather momentum in India against rape, which is one of the most common crimes against women in this country, an armed non-­‐State actor (ANSA) operating in the country, the Zomi Re-­‐unification Organization (ZRO), has signed the “Deed of Commitment for the prohibition of... read more

Global Journal

2013 : Geneva Call recognized in the world’s Top 100 Best NGOs

Communiqué 2013 : Geneva Call recognised in the world’s Top 100 Best NGOs Geneva Call is hugely honoured to find itself – for the second year running - in The Global Journal’s Top 100 Best non-governmental organisations. “This means so much to the team and our partners in the field, and... read more

Iranian ANSA

Iranian Kurdish armed non-State actors commit to a prohibition on sexual violence in armed conflict and to improving child protection

Two years of negotiation have led to the formal commitment by five armed non-State actors (ANSAs) from Iran of Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment for the Prohibition of Sexual Violence in Situations of Armed Conflict and towards the Elimination of Gender Discrimination and Deed of Commitment for... read more

Burmese armed non-State actors become first signatories of Geneva Call’s Children and Armed Conflict Deed of Commitment

Burma/Myanmar: Two armed groups undertake not to use child soldiers: the first to sign Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment on children. The Karenni National Progressive Party/Karenni Army (KNPP/KA) and the New Mon State Party/Mon National Liberation Army (NMSP/MNLA) from Burma/Myanmar are the... read more

Sudan: the Justice and Equality Movement pledges against anti-personnel mines

Sudan: the Justice and Equality Movement pledges against anti-­personnel mines The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), part of the Sudanese armed opposition, has formally pledged to ban anti-­personnel (AP) mines. JEM brings to 42 the number of armed non-­State actors worldwide to have... read more