Protecting civilians in armed conflict

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Alain Délétroz at the United Nations General Assembly

2 October 2018

On the 26 September Alain Délétroz, Geneva Call’s Director General, took part in a high-level panel, organised in New York as part of the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, entitled... read more

2017 Garance Talks: the role of armed non-State actors in the administration of justice in armed conflict

24 November 2017

On 22 November, Geneva Call held its second session of Garance Talks on the topic of the administration of justice by armed non-State actors (ANSA). ANSAs frequently carry out judicial or quasi-judicial procedures... read more

Iraq: a meeting with high-level political leaders and Peshmerga commanders on compliance with international humanitarian law

15 March 2016

On 28 February 2016, Geneva Call and the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) organized a meeting with high-level Kurdish political leaders and Peshmerga commanders on compliance with international humanitarian law... read more

Iraq: training on humanitarian norms for members of the Shia Popular Mobilization Units

2 March 2016

Following several meetings, Geneva Call held its first training sessions on international humanitarian law (IHL) for fighters, officers and members of the Iraqi Shia armed actor, the Popular Mobilization Units - Ashura... read more

Syria: top military commanders from eight Free Syrian Army brigades receive training on humanitarian norms in Geneva

10 February 2016

From 16 to 19 December 2015, Geneva Call trained commanders from eight Free Syrian Army (FSA) brigades on humanitarian norms in Geneva. These brigades number an estimated 15,000 combatants and are active in northern... read more

A report from inside Syria: a visit to monitor the prohibition on the use of child soldiers in Kurdish areas

10 February 2016

November 2015. For the sixth time since the Syrian Kurdish armed forces signed the Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict, in 2014, a team from Geneva Call went to Syria to monitor the…From 16 to 19 December 2015, Geneva Call trained commanders from eight Free Syrian Army (FSA) brigades on humanitarian norms in Geneva. These brigades number an estimated 15,000 combatants and are active in northern... read more

Iraq: launch of the “Fighter not Killer” campaign to raise awareness of the law of war among civil society and armed non-State actors

8 February 2016

“Be a fighter, not a killer.” That is the main message of the multi-media campaign launched by Geneva Call in Iraq. Over the next few weeks, Geneva Call’s video and radio messages on the law of war will be... read more

Democratic Republic of Congo: A Mai Mai armed movement changes its code of war following recommendations from Geneva Call

22 January 2016

After several meetings with Geneva Call, and dialogue in the Masisi region, the leaders of the Alliance of Patriots for a Free and Sovereign Congo (APCLS) have amended their code of war and code of conduct in... read more

Iraq: meeting with the main Shia armed non-State actor and visits to government officials in Baghdad

20 January 2016

Geneva Call started its activities in Baghdad with a round of meetings with political, civil society and religious leaders. Mehmet Balci, Programme Director for the Middle East, met with the Prime Minister’s cabinet... read more

Thailand: Geneva Call supports a public campaign on humanitarian norms

22 December 2015

Although armed violence in southern Thailand rarely makes international headlines, it caused more than 17,000 casualties between 2004 and 2014. Most of these were civilians. At the request of a local civil society... read more