Geneva Call

Geneva Call provides an innovative mechanism for NSAs, which do not participate in drafting treaties and thus may not feel bound by their obligations, to express adherence to the norms embodied in the 1997 anti-personnel Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) through their signature to the "Deed of Commitment for Adherence to a Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Mines and for Cooperation in Mine Action". The Government of the Republic and Canton of Geneva serves as the guardian of these Deeds. Under the Deed of Commitment, signatory groups commit: - To a total prohibition on the use, production, acquisition, transfer and stockpiling of AP mines and other victim-activated explosive devices, under any circumstances. - To undertake, to cooperate in, or to facilitate, programs to destroy stockpiles, clear mines, provide assistance to victims and promote awareness. - To allow and to cooperate in the monitoring and verification of their commitments by Geneva Call. - To issue the necessary orders to commanders and to the rank and file for the implementation and enforcement of their commitments. - To treat their commitment as one step or part of a broader commitment in principle to the ideal of humanitarian norms. Thirty-eight armed groups in Burma, Burundi, India, Iraq, Iran, the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Turkey and Western Sahara have agreed to ban AP mines through this mechanism. The ultimate indicator of progress however, is not the number of Deeds signed but an effective ban and the practice of humanitarian mine action. Geneva Call is pledged to promote the implementation of humanitarian mine action programmes in mine-affected areas under NSA control, to assist signatories to fulfil their obligations under the Deed of Commitment and to monitor compliance.

Geneva Call is an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to engaging armed non-state actors (NSAs) to respect and to adhere to humanitarian norms, such as the ban on anti-personnel (AP) mines. Geneva Call is committed to the universal application of the principles of international humanitarian law and conducts its activities based on the principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence.

  • Humanitarian Protection
  • Mine Action

Mine Action

Formal humanitarian engagement process of NSAs with a written, public commitment on the part of the signatories.
Between 50.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
  • Advocacy
Description of activities

Humanitarian Protection

An inclusive approach to dealing with the phenomenon of armed non-State actors, so that they may appropriate for themselves aspects of IHL and HR law.
Between 50.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
  • Capacity and development training
  • Direct project implementation
  • Research and policy development
Description of activities
Mainly, training of trainers, of armed non-State actors, in the obligations under the "Deed of Commitment" and in partnership with other relevant organisations, other humanitarian or Human Rights norms / worldwide (countries affected by non-international armed conflict).
We work with local partners to promote, implement and monitor the AP landmine ban. These are usually the national chapters of the International Campaign to Ban landmines. / worldwide (countries affected by non-international armed conflict)
Geneva Call conducts its own research, and partners with Academic Institutions, in "humanitarian engagement of NSAs" and related fields, such as the contribution of NSAs to the struggle against AP landmines / worldwide (countries affected by non-international armed conflict).

  • Africa
    • Central Africa
      • Central African Republic
    • Eastern Africa
      • Somalia
      • Burundi
      • Sudan
    • Northern Africa
      • Western Sahara
    • Western Africa
      • Senegal
      • Niger
      • Mali
  • Europe
    • Eastern Europe
      • Republic of Moldova
    • Southern Europe
  • Asia
    • Central Asia
    • South Asia
      • India
      • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
    • South East Asia
      • Philippines
      • Myanmar
    • Western Asia
      • Turkey
      • Lebanon
      • Iraq
      • Georgia
      • Azerbaijan
      • Yemen
  • Americas
    • South America
      • Colombia

Sierra Leone

Description: 

FAS has held several panels parallel to the Human Rights Council, where representatives from grassroots women's organizations have discussed their first hand experiences relating to their human rights situation.

Burundi

Sectors of activity: 
Mine Action
Types of activity: 
Policy advice
Capacity and development training
Description: 

Former NSA now in government: advice on implementation of the mine ban
Training in HR, IHL & negotiations provided to Parties to the current peace talks

Sierra Leone

Description: 

FAS has held several panels parallel to the Human Rights Council, where representatives from grassroots women's organizations have discussed their first hand experiences relating to their human rights situation.

Burundi

Sectors of activity: 
Mine Action
Types of activity: 
Policy advice
Capacity and development training
Description: 

Former NSA now in government: advice on implementation of the mine ban
Training in HR, IHL & negotiations provided to Parties to the current peace talks

Geneva Call
3 bis Chemin des Pontets, Grand Lancy
Geneva CH-1212
Non-governmental organisation
From 3 to 10 years
Between 1 million to 50 million CHF per annum
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3 bis Chemin des Pontets, Grand Lancy
Geneva CH-1212
Headquarters

Main office, therefore: Strategy, Coordination, Administration, Fundraising, Research, Operations

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Ms
Elisabeth Decrey Warner
President
Elisabeth Decrey Warner
President