Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Geneva Conventions' Struggle for Respect

International Humanitarian Law is an absolutely fascinating subject that I'm keen to learn more about...it's just one of those things that I never get around to doing. This article is on the BBC News website today.

Geneva Conventions' struggle for respect

By Imogen Foulkes
BBC News, Geneva

Geneva Conventions signing in 1949
The Geneva Conventions were signed in 1949

The Geneva Conventions are 60 years old on Wednesday, but the anniversary comes amid concern that respect for the rules of war is small.

The three existing Geneva Conventions, which relate to the immunity of medical personnel on the battlefield and the treatment of prisoners of war, were extensively revised in 1949.

The fourth Geneva Convention, which stipulates that warring parties have an obligation to protect civilians, was added....

...Unfortunately, signatures on paper have not led to respect for the conventions, and research conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - which is the guardian of the conventions - shows that civilians suffer most in armed conflict.

Read the rest at BBC News

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