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Iran: a Kurdish armed movement commits not to use children in hostilities
 

After four years of dialogue with Geneva Call, the East Kurdistan Defence Forces (YRK) and the Women’s Defence Forces (HPJ)—also known as the Free Life Party of Kurdistan (PJAK)—have signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict. On 25 April 2015, in the Kurdish region of Iraq, a delegation from Geneva Call met with the highest representatives of the YRK–HPJ to formalize this commitment.
 
Although a de facto bilateral cease-fire has been in effect since 2011, the movement is still militarily active and operational, and can call on several hundred combatants. It has been fighting for self-determination for the Kurds in Iran since the late 1990s, and some of its combatants are currently alongside other Kurdish armed groups fighting against Islamic State on Mount Sinjar.

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

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 clearly expressed their interest in working more closely on the protection of civilians in Colombia.

During this meeting, different thematic areas were discussed, in particular, humanitarian topics related to anti-personnel mines and explosive remnants of war, the protection of children and gender issues. Geneva Call presented its Deeds of Commitment as tools to protect civilian populations from the effect of armed conflict.

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Geneva Call in a TV series “The shadow workers”

The main Swiss television channels broadcasted a series of 10 short episodes on the Geneva Conventions and their impact on civilian populations. Four episodes were dedicated to Geneva Call’s activities and its engagement with armed non-State actors to protect civilian populations in Syria, Burma/Myanmar and Western Sahara.

You can view these short 4 episodes by clicking here. (In French)
 


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