Protecting civilians in armed conflict

Armed Non-State Actors

The term armed non-State actors (ANSAs) encompasses a variety of entities. In the context of its mission, Geneva Call focuses on organized armed entities that are involved in armed conflict, which are primarily motivated by political goals and which operate outside State control, thereby lacking legal capacity to become party to relevant international treaties. These include armed groups, national liberation movements and de facto governing authorities. Geneva Call also works with non-recognized States as well as in situations of violence other than armed conflict if it is deemed that its action can have a positive impact on beneficiaries and lead to better protection for civilians.

Since 2000, Geneva Call has engaged around 100 armed non-State actors on four thematic areas and to date 54 of them have signed at least one of Geneva Call’s Deeds of Commitment.

List of armed non-State actors that have been engaged by Geneva Call

 

The ANSA is being engaged by Geneva Call on this thematic area

 

The ANSA was engaged by Geneva Call on this thematic area

 

The ANSA has signed the Deed of Commitment on this thematic area

Landmine ban

Child protection

Gender issues

Humanitarian norms


Click on the ticks to display the signed Deeds of Commitment
Continent Country Armed non-State actor Active Thematic areas
Landmine ban Child protection Gender issues Humanitarian norms
Africa Burundi Conseil National pour la Défense de la Démocratie-Forces de Défense de la Démocratie (CNDD-FDD) No  
Burundi Party for the Liberation of the Hutu People – National Liberation Forces (Palipehutu-FNL) Yes
Democratic Republic of Congo Alliance des Patriotes pour un Congo Libre et Souverain (APCLS) Yes
Democratic Republic of Congo Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) Yes
Niger Mouvement des Nigériens pour la Justice (MNJ) No
Senegal Mouvement des Forces Démocratiques de Casamance (MFDC) Yes
Somalia Banadiri No  
Somalia Hiran Patriotic Alliance/Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council (HPA/SRRC) No  
Somalia Islamist Courts Union (ICU) No
Somalia Jowhar Administration No  
Somalia Juba Valley Alliance (JVA) Yes  
Somalia Puntland State of Somalia (PSS) Yes  
Somalia Rahanweyn Resistance Army / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council – Hassan Mohamed Nur “Shatigudud” (RRA/SRRC-Shatigudud) No  
Somalia Rahanweyn Resistance Army / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council – Sheykh Adan “Madobe” (RRA/SRRC-Madobe) No  
Somalia Somali African Muki Organization / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council – Nakuru (SAMO/SRRC/Nakuru) No  
Somalia Somali National Front / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council (SNF/SRRC) Yes  
Somalia Somali Patriotic Movement (SPM) – faction of General “Morgan” No
Somalia Somali Patriotic Movement / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council – Aden Abdullahi Nur “Gabyow” (SPM/SRRC-Gabyow) No  
Somalia Somaliland authorities Yes
Somalia Southern Somali National Movement / BIREM (SSNM/BIREM) No  
Somalia Southern Somali National Movement/ Somalia National Army / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council (SSNM/SNA/SRRC) No  
Somalia Transitional National Government (TNG) No  
Somalia United Somali Congress / North Mogadishu/ Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council (USC/North Mogadishu/SRRC) No  
Somalia United Somali Congress / Somali Salvation Army (USC/SSA) No  
Somalia United Somali Congress / Somalia National Army / Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council / Nakuru (USC/SSA/SRRC/Nakuru) No  
Somalia United Somali Congress / Somalia National Army/ Somalia Reconciliation and Restoration Council (USC/SSA/SRRC) No  
Sudan Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Yes  
Sudan Sudan Liberation Movement/Army – Abdel Wahid al-Nur (SLM/A-AW) Yes  
Sudan Sudan Liberation Movement/Army – Minni Minnawi (SLM/A-MM) Yes  
Sudan Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-North) Yes    
Sudan Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) No  
Western Sahara Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario Front) Yes  
Asia Burma / Myanmar All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF) Yes
Burma / Myanmar Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) Yes
Burma / Myanmar Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) No  
Burma / Myanmar Chin National Front/Army (CNF/CNA) Yes      
Burma / Myanmar Kachin Independence organization/Army (KIO/KIA) Yes
Burma / Myanmar Karen National Union Peace Council (KNU-PC) / Karen National Liberation Army Peace Council (KNLA-PC) Yes
Burma / Myanmar Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army (KNU/KNLA) Yes    
Burma / Myanmar Karenni National Peoples Liberation Front (KNPLF) Yes
Burma / Myanmar Karenni National Progressive Party/Karenni Army (KNPP/KA) Yes  
Burma / Myanmar Klo Htoo Baw Karen Organization/Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (KKO/DKBA) Yes
Burma / Myanmar Lahu Democratic Front (LDF) No  
Burma / Myanmar Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) Yes
Burma / Myanmar National Unity Party of Arakan (NUPA) No  
Burma / Myanmar New Mon State Party/Mon National Liberation Army (NMSP/ MNLA) Yes  
Burma / Myanmar Pa’O National Liberation Organization / Pa-o National Liberation Army (PNLO/PNLA) Yes  
Burma / Myanmar Pa’O Peoples Liberation organization (PPLO) No  
Burma / Myanmar Palaung State Liberation Front / Ta-an National Liberation Army (PSLF/TNLA) Yes  
Burma / Myanmar Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (South) (RCSS/SSA-South) Yes
Burma / Myanmar Shan State Progressive Party / Shan State Army (North) (RCSS/SSA-North) Yes
Burma / Myanmar Wa National Organisation (WNO) Yes
India Hmar Peoples Congress-Democracy (HPC-D) Yes
India Kuki National Front (KNF) Yes  
India Kuki National Organization (KNO) Yes      
India Naga National Council (NNC) Yes
India National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) Yes
India National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) (NSCN-K) Yes
India National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khole-Kitovi) (NSCN-KK) Yes      
India National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isaac Muivah) (NSCN-IM) Yes    
India People’s Liberation Army Yes
India United National Liberation Front No
India Zomi Re-unification organization (ZRO) Yes      
Indonesia Aceh-Sumatra National Liberation Front/Free Aceh Movement (ASNLF/GAM) No
Indonesia Free Papua Movement (OPM) Yes
Nepal The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (CPN-M) No
Philippines Communist Party of the Philippines / New People’s Army (CPP/NPA) Yes
Philippines Moro Islamic Liberation Front / Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (MILF/BIAF) Yes  
Philippines Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Yes
Philippines Revolutionary Workers Party of Mindanao (RPM/RPA) Yes  
Philippines Revolutionary Workers Party of the Philippines/ Revolutionary Proletarian Army Alex Boncayo Brigade (RPM-P/RPA-ABB) Yes  
Sri Lanka Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) No
Europe and Middle East Azerbaijan de facto Nagorno-Karabakh authorities Yes
Georgia de facto Abkhazian authorities Yes
Georgia de facto South Ossetian authorities Yes
Iran Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) Yes      
Iran Free Life Party of Kurdistan/ Liberation Forces of Eastern Kurdistan (PJAK) Yes    
Iran Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KPIK) Yes      
Iran Komala Party of Kurdistan (KPK) Yes      
Iran Komalah-The Kurdistan Organization of the Communist Party for Iran Yes      
Iran Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) Yes      
Iran National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Yes
Iran The Kurdistan Democratic Party – Iran (KDP-Iran) Yes      
Iraq Affiliate Groups of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) Yes
Iraq Kurdish Forces Yes
Iraq Kurdistan Regional Government-Erbil (KRG-Erbil) No  
Iraq Kurdistan Regional Government-Sulaimanyia (KRG-Sulaimanyia) No  
Lebanon Forces of the Palestinian National Coalition (‘Tahaluf’) Yes
Lebanon Hezbollah Yes
Lebanon Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Yes
Lebanon Palestinian National Security Forces (PNSF) Yes
Moldova de facto Transnistrian authorities Yes
Syria Democratic Self-Administration in Rojava / People’s Protection Units / Women’s Protection Units (YPG-YPJ) Yes      
Syria Fatah Army & affiliated factions Yes
Syria Free Syrian Army & affiliated factions Yes
Syria Hazzm Movement No    
Syria Islam Army Yes
Turkey People’s Defence Forces/Kurdistan Worker’s Party (HPG/PKK) Yes      
Yemen Al-Houthi movement / Ansar Allah Yes
South America Colombia Ejercito Liberation Nactional (ELN) Yes
Colombia Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias Colombianas (FARC) Yes