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Humanitarian dialogue on child protection in Geneva with 10 groups affiliated with the Free Syrian Army

19 July 2018

From 11 to 12 July, commanders and military leaders from 10 Free Syrian Army (FSA) affiliated groups participated in a workshop on how to provide better protection to children in Syria, including the prevention of the... read more

Syria: new measures taken by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units to stop recruiting children under 18

22 June 2018

Geneva Call welcomes the new measures taken by People’s Protection Units/Women’s Protection Units/Democratic Self-Administration in Rojava (YPG/YPJ/DSA) to address the violations of the Deed of Commitment protecting... read more

Syria: new allegations of child recruitment in Afrin

19 March 2018

In the context of the recent military operations in Afrin, in north-west Syria, a worrying number of allegations on the use of child soldiers have been reported. Geneva Call reminds all parties to the conflict that no... read more

New study: education in conflict zones: perspectives of armed non-State actors

14 December 2017

On 5 December 2017, Geneva Call released a report entitled “Armed non-State actors share their policies and practice with regards to education in armed conflict”. This study identifies both the negative and positive... read more

Yemen: first workshop for women from civil society on the law of armed conflict

7 December 2017

From 8 to 12 October 2017, Geneva Call organized a three-day training session on the law of armed conflict and a two-day thematic workshop on child protection, the ban on anti-personnel mines and the prohibition of... read more

Syria: general commanders of four Free Syrian Army brigades make humanitarian commitments in Geneva

15 November 2017

On 14 November 2017, the general commanders of four Free Syrian Army (FSA) brigades signed various Deeds of Commitment during a ceremony in the Alabama Room at Geneva town hall in the presence of a representative from... read more

DR Congo: interview with two former child soldiers: “Fighting was beyond my capacities”

30 October 2017

Alphonse and Clovis were younger than 15 years old when they joined the combatants of two different armed groups in North Kivu, a region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Following humanitarian negotiations with... read more

Address to the UN Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict in New York

20 October 2017

On 17 October, at the invitation of the Swedish Permanent Mission in New York, Geneva Call briefed the United Nations (UN) Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict on the prevention of child... read more

“Armed non-State actors speak about child protection in armed conflict” Conference report released

13 October 2017

In November 2016, Geneva Call gathered 21 armed movements from 11 countries, including Burma/Myanmar, Colombia, Syria and Yemen, as well as specialized humanitarian agencies for an unprecedented meeting in Geneva on how... read more

Syria: first training session on the law of armed conflict for the Syrian Democratic Forces near Raqqa

27 September 2017

In September 2017, Geneva Call trained more than 100 commanders from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the law of armed conflict, including the rules regulating the conduct of hostilities and humanitarian relief.... read more