From its inception in 2000, Geneva Call has engaged with about 90 ANSAs worldwide and sensitized thousands of their leaders and members on international humanitarian norms. As of today, 50 ANSAs have signed the Deed of Commitment banning AP mines, 26 have signed the Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict, and 24 have signed the newly-launched Deed of Commitment prohibiting sexual violence and gender discrimination.
Overall, their compliance record has been good. Except in one case, no conclusive evidence of violation of the Deeds of Commitment has been found to date. Signatories have taken implementing measures and cooperated in the monitoring of their compliance by Geneva Call. In addition, a number of ANSAs that have not signed the Deeds of Commitment have nevertheless taken steps towards compliance with international standards, for example by limiting mine use and/or facilitating mine action in areas under their control.
Over the past 13 years, Geneva Call has gained international recognition and support from many quarters, including States Parties to the AP Mine Ban Convention, the United Nations, the European Union, and the African Union, and is seen today as a global leader and a pioneer in its field.
On 5 July, after several months of negotiations with Geneva Call, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), and the « Democratic Self-Administration in Rojava » demobilized 149 children from their ranks and signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment... read more
Syrian Kurdish armed non-State actor commits to ban anti-personnel mines, sexual violence and child recruitment
On 5 June 2014, in Ramalan, in the Kurdish region of Syria, the People's Protection Units (YPG), the Women's Protection Units (YPJ), and the « Democratic Self-Administration in Rojava » signed Geneva Call's Deed of Commitment banning AP mines and the Deed of Commitment prohibiting sexual... read more
To read the version in Burmese, click here. On 19 March 2014 in Geneva, representatives from the Burma/Myanmar armed non-State actor - the Chin National Front (CNF) and its armed wing the Chin National Army (CNA) – signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict... read more
After three years of dialogue with Geneva Call, the People’s Defense Centre/People’s Defense Forces (HPG), also known as the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), has signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment for the Protection of Children from the Effects of Armed Conflict. The commitment was made on... read more
On 29th August 2013, a delegation of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) - a leading force of the armed and political opposition in Sudan - comprising the Deputy Chairman Abdelaziz Alhilu and the Secretary General Yasir Arman, signed the Geneva Call Deed of Commitment for... read more
The KNU/KNLA commits to the protection of children and the prohibition of conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence
After seven years of dialogue with Geneva Call on international humanitarian norms, a ground-breaking step has been taken by the Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army (KNU/KNLA). KNU/KNLA has signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment for the Prohibition of Sexual violence in... read more
The Zomi Re-unification Organization commits to a prohibition of sexual violence in situations of armed conflict and towards the elimination of gender discrimination
While protests gather momentum in India against rape, which is one of the most common crimes against women in this country, an armed non-‐State actor (ANSA) operating in the country, the Zomi Re-‐unification Organization (ZRO), has signed the “Deed of Commitment for the prohibition of... read more
Communiqué 2013 : Geneva Call recognised in the world’s Top 100 Best NGOs Geneva Call is hugely honoured to find itself – for the second year running - in The Global Journal’s Top 100 Best non-governmental organisations. “This means so much to the team and our partners in the field, and... read more
Iranian Kurdish armed non-State actors commit to a prohibition on sexual violence in armed conflict and to improving child protection
Two years of negotiation have led to the formal commitment by five armed non-State actors (ANSAs) from Iran of Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment for the Prohibition of Sexual Violence in Situations of Armed Conflict and towards the Elimination of Gender Discrimination and Deed of Commitment for... read more
Burmese armed non-State actors become first signatories of Geneva Call’s Children and Armed Conflict Deed of Commitment
Burma/Myanmar: Two armed groups undertake not to use child soldiers: the first to sign Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment on children. The Karenni National Progressive Party/Karenni Army (KNPP/KA) and the New Mon State Party/Mon National Liberation Army (NMSP/MNLA) from Burma/Myanmar are the... read more