Protecting civilians in armed conflict

What we do

Geneva Call engages with armed non-State actors (ANSAs) to encourage them to comply with international humanitarian norms, improving the protection of civilians in armed conflict. These international humanitarian norms are enshrined in the Geneva Conventions and other international treaties.

While initially focusing on the ban on AP mines, Geneva Call has expanded its work into additional areas that deserve specific attention, namely the protection of children in armed conflict – notably from recruitment and use in hostilities – as well as the prohibition of sexual violence and gender discrimination.

This expansion was envisioned in Geneva Call’s founding statutes and has also been encouraged by ANSAs themselves. Geneva Call has also increasingly provided International Humanitarian Law (IHL) training to ANSAs, and advice on how to incorporate IHL rules into their codes of conduct and other internal regulations.

Child protection
Gender issues
Landmine Ban 
Humanitarian norms