Elisabeth Decrey Warner to be awarded the 2012 Hessian Peace Prize

The president of the organization "Geneva Call", Elisabeth Decrey Warner, will be awarded this year's Hessian Peace Prize on 28th September

The committee of the Hessian Peace Prize of the Albert Osswald Foundation will award the 2012 Hessian Peace Prize to the president of the organization Geneva Call, Elisabeth Decrey Warner, on 28th September 2012.

The laudation will be given by the director of medico international e.V., Thomas Gebauer.


The president of the Hessian parliament, Norbert Kartmann, the chair of the committee of the Hessian Peace Prize, Karl Starzacher, and Professor Harald Müller, PRIF's Executive Director, announced this year's awardee on 28th August in Wiesbaden.


Elisabeth Decrey Warner is cofounder, president and driving force of the NGO Geneva Call. For more than 25 years she has worked in different NGOs devoting herself to refugee problems and humanitarian arms control.


The award ceremony will take place on 28th September 2012 at 11 a.m. on the premises of the Hessian parliament (Hessischer Landtag) in Wiesbaden.


For further information, please check the official press release by the parliament of Hesse (available only in German). Photo: www.genevacall.org



Note: Taking the example of the Ottawa Convention on ban of landmines Stefanie Herr examined in PRIF Report 95 "Binding Non-State Armed Groups to International Humanitarian Law" how the NGO Geneva Call successfully persuades NSAGs to sign the Deed of Commitment for Adherence to a Total Ban on Anti-Personnel Mines and for Cooperation in Mine Action (DoC) and thereby obliging themselves to adhere to the principles of the landmine ban. The principles include the prohibition of using, producing, stockpiling and proliferating of these weapons. The author tracks the commitment of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) to the DoC. She reveals factors that increase the likelihood of NSAGs to comply to such negotiated agreements. The report concludes with practical recommendations for the international community and the handling of non state armed groups.