Protecting civilians in armed conflict


What we do

Geneva Call is a neutral and impartial non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting respect by armed non-State actors (ANSAs) for international humanitarian norms in armed conflict and other situations of violence, in particular those related to the protection of civilians. Geneva Call is currently focusing its efforts on banning the use of anti-personnel mines, protecting children from the effects of armed conflict, prohibiting sexual violence in armed conflict and working towards the elimination of gender discrimination.

Geneva Call also responds to requests from ANSAs to help build their knowledge of, and capacities to implement international humanitarian norms, such as through providing training and technical advice. In addition, the organization may also provide other assistance and services within communities where ANSAs operate.

Since its creation in 2000, Geneva Call has engaged in dialogue with more than 100 ANSAs worldwide. The key tool of engagement that Geneva Call uses is an innovative instrument known as the Deed of Commitment, which allows ANSAs to undertake to respect specific international humanitarian norms. 61 ANSAs have signed Deeds of Commitment to date and have overall respected their obligations.  A number of other ANSAs have taken steps to bring their policies and behaviour into line with international standards.

Geneva Call is one of the world’s leading organizations in the field of humanitarian engagement with ANSAs. Its unique approach, centered on the issue-specific Deeds of Commitment, has been recognized as a successful model by the UN Secretary-General in his reports on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

Geneva Call subscribes to the humanitarian principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence, and seeks to ensure transparency by informing stakeholders, including the States concerned, of its engagement efforts with ANSAs.