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Naval Mines and International Humanitarian Law, by Ximena Galvez, Eurasia Desk Officer and Legal Advisor

1 April 2019

Summary Relatively little attention has been paid to naval mines for quite some time, because they have rarely been used in recent years. They are known as inexpensive, self-contained explosive devices with... read more

New study: how to better protect civilians from explosive weapons by armed non-State actors?

1 December 2017

On 1st December 2017, Geneva Call released a report entitled “Six armed non-State actors share their policies and practice with regards to protecting civilians from explosive weapons.” This paper identifies some of... read more

Adoption of the Mine Ban Convention: 20 years already

18 September 2017

The 18 September 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Ottawa Treaty prohibiting the use of anti-personnel (AP) mines. To date, it has been ratified by 162 States. The convention has made a significant... read more

More than 100 people participated in a meeting on humanitarian demining organized in Bogota by Geneva Call and UNMAS

7 February 2016

On 28th and 29th January, Geneva Call and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) organized a meeting on “Humanitarian demining, peace processes and territory” in Bogota, Colombia. This was part of the... read more

Sudan: the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement–North neutralizes 211 stockpiled anti-personnel mines

15 December 2015

In November, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement–North (SPLM-N) neutralized 211 stockpiled anti-personnel mines with the support of a technical expert brought in by Geneva Call. This first step towards the total... read more

Colombia: peace is at hand, and new meeting between Geneva Call and the FARC-EP

5 October 2015

On 23 September 2015, the leader of the FARC-EP, Timoleón Jimenez, and the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, made a historic announcement in Cuba: a final peace agreement would be signed by 23 March 2016, at the... read more

IN THEIR WORDS – a new video featuring 13 representatives of armed non-State actors

16 September 2015

Geneva Call has just released a short video featuring 13 high-level representatives of armed non-State actors (ANSAs) from 10 countries, including Syria, Burma/Myanmar and Sudan. In it, they explain why they think it is... read more

Iran: a Kurdish armed movement takes official commitments to reinforce the protection of civilian

28 June 2015

The Kurdistan Freedom Party (Parti Azadi Kurdistan, PAK) from Iran, has signed Geneva Call’s three Deeds of Commitment banning AP mines, prohibiting sexual violence and against gender discrimination, and protecting... read more

Colombia: new steps in Geneva Call’s discussions with the FARC-EP delegation in Havana

14 April 2015

Following an invitation from the FARC-EP delegation, a new meeting between Geneva Call and members of this delegation took place between 4 and 7 April 2015 in Havana, Cuba. Representatives of FARC-EP and Geneva Call... read more