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In Memoriam: Alexander Notter

The Board and all Geneva Call’s staff are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Alexander Notter. Alexander had been a member of the Board since 2012 and had participated actively in the organization’s development, with enthusiasm and passion.Our thoughts are with his family and all those who crossed his path.

Iraq: training on humanitarian norms for members of the Shia Popular Mobilization Units

 

Following several meetings, Geneva Call held its first training sessions on international humanitarian law (IHL) for fighters, officers and members of the Iraqi Shia armed actor, the Popular Mobilization Units - Ashura Saraya. The first meeting took place on 27 February 2016 in Baghdad.

As many of the 29 participants were officers involved in the planning of military operations, participation was excellent and led to many debates and fruitful discussions. In particular, participants raised the issue of the violations of IHL perpetrated by the Islamic State group (ISg) and they asked whether these norms applied to the ISg.

This programme was developed with the support of the European Union in partnership with the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: A Mai Mai armed movement changes its code of war following recommendations from Geneva Call

 

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 order to improve compliance with current humanitarian norms.

Both these documents are intended to guide the actions of the hundreds of fighters who constitute the ACPLS, which is considered to be one of the most active and well structured Mai Mai groups in North Kivu. The main change concerns the age of recruitment for combatants, which has been raised to 18 years old.

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India: an ethnic armed movement commits to prohibit the recruitment and use of children in hostilities

 

On 2nd March 2015, the Zomi Re-Unification Organisation (ZRO) signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict. In signing this Deed the ZRO publicly asserts its commitment to respect the highest international standards in terms of child protection in armed conflict. It includes the prohibition to recruit child soldiers and use under-18 children in hostilities.

The ZRO is an ethnic armed movement operating in the province of Manipur in North-East India. They purportedly number around 400 fighters.

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Colombia: Geneva Call organizes an event on gender and peace processes


On 10 March 2016, Geneva Call and the National University of Colombia’s Observatory for Peace and Conflict co-organized an event entitled “Gender and Peace Processes: challenges and recommendations for participation and a return to civilian life.

Around 30 participants — representatives of community-based organizations, academia, international NGOs and diplomats — discussed and formulated recommendations that will be shared with the Colombian government, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia–People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the National Liberation Army (ELN).

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Iraq: a meeting with high-level political leaders and Peshmerga commanders on compliance with international humanitarian law


On 28 February 2016, Geneva Call and the Middle East Research Institute  organized a meeting with high-level Kurdish political leaders and Peshmerga commanders on compliance with international humanitarian law, in Erbil, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.


This programme was developed with the support of the European Union in partnership with the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action.

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Iraq: training a Kurdish armed non-State actor’s combatants on the law of war 
 


In November 2015, over two days, Geneva Call held its first training session for combatants since it reopened its programme in Iraq. Twenty fighters from the Kurdistan Freedom Party –an Iranian Kurdish armed non-State actor  involved in the current fighting–were trained on the Deeds of Commitment and the law of war (humanitarian norms).

This programme was developed with the support of the European Union in partnership with the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action.

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