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Iraq: Geneva Call starts a new programme to engage with armed groups on humanitarian norms


Geneva Call is launching a new programme engaging with the main armed groups operating in Iraq on the respect for humanitarian norms.
 
War crimes and violations of humanitarian norms are widespread and the civilian population is paying the highest toll, with an estimated 35,408 civilian casualties in 2014, according to the United Nations.
 
As a first step, Geneva Call’s media campaign — entitled Fighter not Killer — promoting the rules of war will be broadly disseminated in conflict-affected areas of Iraq.

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Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon:  an interview with Wissam Al-Saliby, one of Geneva Call’s trainer


Wissam Al-Saliby regularly conducts training courses on humanitarian norms for commanders and fighters from armed groups in Syria and Lebanon. In March 2015, he led a training session on policing and human rights for 15 members of the security forces in Ain El Hilweh, a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. This camp hosts around 80,000 refugees from Palestine but also Palestinians from Syria.

 

Who were the fighters that you recently trained in Lebanon?

The last training session I gave in Ain El Hilweh camp, in Lebanon, was in March 2015. It was given to the newly formed Palestinian Joint Security Forces, composed of multiple Palestinian factions, ranging from secular to Islamic factions.

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Colombia: peace is at hand, and new meeting between Geneva Call and the FARC-EP

On 23 September 2015, the leader of the FARC-EP, Timoleón Jimenez, and the Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, made a historic announcement in Cuba: a final peace agreement would be signed by 23 March 2016, at the latest.
 
This announcement was made possible by the conclusion of an agreement on transitional justice, one of the most sensitive topics of the peace talks. Geneva Call welcomes this crucial step forward in the negotiation process—a step that will make peace in a near future more tangible.

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A concert in support of Geneva Call’s activities

The United Nations Orchestra is organizing a concert in support of Geneva Call’s activities. All profits will go directly to Geneva Call’s programmes on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
 
The concert will take place on
 
Sunday 29 November at 17h00
Victoria Hall - Geneva
Support Geneva Call's activities

 
This is an evening not to be missed—a meeting of two giants of the Romantic era: the German, Schumann, and the Russian, Tchaikovsky. It will feature the talented, young, Franco-Belgian cellist, Camille Thomas. Opening this concert, the United Nations Orchestra, under the baton of Antoine Marguier, will perform Schumann’s Symphony no. 4. This wonderful programme closes with the Ballet Suite from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky.
 

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