Thursday, May 13, 2004

The Geneva Convention

The Geneva Convention

13 May 2004

Below I have listed only a few of the stipulations that the United States of America was a cosignature of when the Geneva Convention was adopted. Several sections were too wordy to include, but please feel free to read it if you have time.

Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. Adopted on 12 August 1949. Entry into Force 21 October 1950

http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/91.htm

Article 3.1 "To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:

a) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;

c) Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment;

d) The passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgement pronounced by a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indespensible by civilized peoples.

Article 13: Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated. Any unlawful act or omission by the Detaining Power causing death or seriously endangering the health of a prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited, and will be regarded as a serious breach of the present Convention...

Likewise, prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation against insults and public curiosity. Measure of reprisal against prisoners of war are prohibited.

Article 17: No physical or mental torture, nor any form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secrue from them information of any kind whatever. Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind.
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