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Geneva Call publishes a study on the negotiation of humanitarian access in North Kivu

20 March 2019

In response to the shrinking humanitarian space in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this report seeks to shed light on the humanitarian access negotiation practices of NGOs operating in the area. It... 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

DR Congo: enhancing civilian protection following fighting in North Kivu

30 April 2017

During a field visit to the Masisi territory in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo in April, Geneva Call noted that recent fighting between several armed groups operating in the region had had dramatic... read more

DR Congo: child soldiers leave armed groups following Geneva Call’s awareness-raising efforts

1 February 2017

More than 40 children have recently left armed non-State actors operating in North Kivu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Most of them come from three armed non-State actors that Geneva Call has been... read more

Inside the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo: ending the use of child soldiers

10 December 2016

In Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, numerous children under 18 are recruited by armed groups. Geneva Call is negotiating with 4 of them to put an end to this practice. In July 2016, Geneva Call’s delegation... read more

Geneva Call gathers 21 armed movements in Geneva to discuss how to better protect children and education in armed conflict

1 December 2016

From 22 to 24 November 2016, 31 leaders, commanders and advisers of 21 armed movements from 11 countries, including Syria, Iraq, Colombia, Yemen, and Burma/Myanmar, participated in workshops and discussions around the... read more

DR Congo: Launch of the “Fighter not Killer” awareness campaign to sensitize armed movements on the rules of war

27 July 2016

Goma, July 27th 2016 “Act as a fighter and not a killer”; this is the core of the multimedia campaign that Geneva Call launched in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), on July 27th, in the presence of... read more

Democratic Republic of Congo: first steps towards greater respect for the civilian populations in North Kivu

6 July 2016

Geneva Call is entering its second year of work in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The organization has recently observed concrete examples of improvements in respect for civilians by various armed groups with... 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

Democratic Republic of Congo: first workshops with high-level officers from two major armed movements

20 July 2015

After hours of travel by jeep and long walks into the forest, Geneva Call met with high-level officers, legal advisers and military instructors from two of the main armed movements operating in the Democratic Republic... read more