Protecting civilians in armed conflict

Success stories

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, 52 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.

Latest successes

 

Global Journal

2013 : Geneva Call recognized in the world’s Top 100 Best NGOs

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 ANSA

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

Sudan: the Justice and Equality Movement pledges against anti-personnel mines

Sudan: the Justice and Equality Movement pledges against anti-­personnel mines The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), part of the Sudanese armed opposition, has formally pledged to ban anti-­personnel (AP) mines. JEM brings to 42 the number of armed non-­State actors worldwide to have... read more

The Polisario Front continues the destruction of its landmine stocks

Geneva/Tifariti, 4 March 2011 – On 28 February, the Polisario Front, with technical support from the British organization Landmine Action, destroyed 1,506 deadly anti-personnel (AP) mines in Tifariti, Western Sahara. This is the fourth such destruction since the Polisario Front unilaterally... read more

Positive steps to protect women and girls during armed conflict

At the invitation of Geneva Call, 23 representatives of eight Asian armed non-­State actors (NSAs) from Burma/Myanmar, India and the Philippines gathered in Geneva, Switzerland in December to discuss ways to improve the protection of women and girls during armed conflict. The workshop resulted... read more

Iranian Kurdish Organizations Prohibit the Use of Anti-Personnel Mines

The quest to rid the Middle East of anti-personnel mines has taken a step forward today with two armed non-State actors signing Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment. By signing this document, the "Kurdistan Democratic Party - Iran" and the "Free Life Party of Kurdistan/Liberation Forces of Eastern... read more

Turkey: The Kongra Gel/HPG – also known as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – pledges to renounce the use of anti-personnel mines

The Kongra-Gel/HPG Pledges to Renounce the Use of Anti-personnel Mines Geneva - 18 July 2006 The Kurdistan People’s Congress (Kongra Gel)/People’s Defence Forces (HPG), also known as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has committed to a total ban on antipersonnel (AP) mines in signing the... read more

Western Sahara: The Polisario Front commits to ban anti-personnel mines

Western Sahara: The Polisario Front Commits to Ban Anti-personnel Mines Geneva - 3 November 2005 The Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario Front) today commits to a total ban on the use of anti-personnel (AP) mines in signing Geneva Call’s Deed of... read more

Geneva Call’s mission in disputed Western Sahara: new progress in the fight against landmines

Geneva Call’s Mission in Disputed Western Sahara: New Progress in the Fight against Landmines 15 June 2005 The President of the “Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic” and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Abdelaziz, informed Geneva Call that the authorities were willing to... read more