Protecting civilians in armed conflict

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Interview with Elisabeth Decrey Warner, Executive President of Geneva Call

29 August 2017

Elisabeth Decrey Warner has headed Geneva Call since she co-founded it back in 1998. From its status of humanitarian “UFO”, she went on to create an organization renowned in its domain. It is now active in fifteen... read more

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He danced in the ruins of Palmyra; now he will dance in Geneva at a special event in support of Geneva Call

25 August 2017

Ahmad Joudeh is from Syria and became famous via the TV documentary, Dance or Die, in which he danced amid Palmyra’s ruins in Syria. He now lives in the Netherlands and is a member of the Dutch National Ballet. On... read more

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Iraq: the Sun Girls Brigade: teaching female Yezidi fighters about the rules of war

10 August 2017

The Iraqi conflict severely hit the Yezidi population, particularly the hundreds of women and girls who were allegdely victims of war crimes including organized rape, sexual slavery and forced marriage. Following these... read more

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Annual Report 2016 : protecting civilians in the turmoil of war

27 July 2017

Geneva Call’s annual report 2016 is now out. 2016 was marked by at least 36 non-international armed conflicts taking place in 20 States. Geneva Call worked to prevent abuses against civilians in 14 of these conflicts... read more

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Syria: 4 brigades of the Free Syrian Army commit to prohibit sexual violence and the use of child soldiers

3 July 2017

On 30th June 2017, the military leaders of four brigades of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) signed Geneva Call’s Deeds of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict, prohibiting sexual violence and against gender... read more

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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

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

15 June 2017

To the article in Kurdish Sorani 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... 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

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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