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Sudan: first African signatory to the Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict


The SPLM (Sudan) has committed to prohibiting the use of children in hostilities and to ensuring that children are not recruited into or forcibly associated with armed forces. Following several meetings and work sessions between the SPLM (Sudan) representatives and Geneva Call’s staff, to discuss the concrete implementation of the obligations under this Deed, the signing ceremony took place in Geneva.

The SPLM (Sudan) has thus also committed to releasing or disassociating children in safety and security, to protecting them from the effects of military operations, and to doing its best to provide children with the aid and care they need, in cooperation with specialized child protection agencies.

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Iran: a Kurdish armed movement makes official commitments to reinforce the protection of civilians


The Kurdistan Freedom Party (Parti Azadi Kurdistan, PAK) from Iran, has signed Geneva Call’s three Deeds of Commitment banning AP mines, prohibiting sexual violence and against gender discrimination, and protecting children in armed conflict. This took place on 28 June 2015 in the Kurdish region of Iraq. The PAK was represented by its Vice President, Hussein Yazdanpana.

The PAK was created in 1991 to fight for Kurdish self-determination in Iran. Several hundred PAK fighters are currently directly involved in the hostilities against ISIS in Iraqi Kurdistan alongside Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

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Northeast India: Another step towards ending sexual violence

 

On 1 July, the National Socialist Council of Nagalim, led by Isak Chishi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah (NSCN-IM), signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment prohibiting sexual violence and against gender discrimination, thereby formalizing its own long-standing policy on these issues. 

The NSCN-IM is the fifth armed non-State actor (ANSA) in the region to sign this Deed of Commitment, sending a clear signal to other armed actors that sexual violence should not be tolerated. As Cabinet Minister Sema Kihoyi noted, “Ending sexual violence is good for all of us, not just the Naga people.” Cabinet Secretary Raikham Ninghor further stated, “It is not just a document; it has to be strictly implemented.”

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An unprecedented meeting gathered armed groups, international organizations and researchers to discuss the right to education during armed conflict
 

From 23 to 25 June, Geneva Call and Protect Education in Insecurity and Armed Conflict (PEIC) – a programme of the global “Education Above All” initiative – organized a workshop on the negative and positive obligations of armed non-state actors (ANSAs) regarding education in armed conflict, as well as the suitability of the international response.

This was the first workshop to bring together policy-makers, child protection and education-in-emergency practitioners, researchers and three ANSA representatives from Burma/Myanmar, Sudan and Syria.

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Conference report: Geneva Call’s Third Meeting of Signatories

 
From 17 to 20 November 2014, Geneva Call held its Third Meeting of Signatories to the Deeds of Commitment in Geneva.

This meeting gathered 70 high-level representatives – political leaders, commanders, officers and legal advisers – of 36 armed non-State actors (ANSAs) from 14 different countries, including Syria, Burma/Myanmar, Sudan, Philippines and Somalia. Most were signatories to at least one of Geneva Call’s Deeds of Commitment, but some non-signatory ANSAs also attended.
The conference report gives an overview of the discussions as well as their main outcomes and recommendations. For some ANSAs, this conference was their first opportunity to exchange thoughts with UN agencies and international organizations.

To read the report, please click here.
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