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Back in ‘49
by Lee

Just because lately there have been a few ignoramuses on here who claim that the Geneva Accords are not primarily a result of WWII, let’s get the facts.

• First Geneva Convention “for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field” (first adopted in 1864, last revision in 1949)
• Second Geneva Convention “for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea” (first adopted in 1949, successor of the 1907 Hague Convention X)
• Third Geneva Convention “relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War” (first adopted in 1929, last revision in 1949)
• Fourth Geneva Convention “relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War” (first adopted in 1949, based on parts of the 1907 Hague Convention IV)

In addition, there are three additional amendment protocols to the Geneva Convention:

• Protocol I (1977): Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts. As of 12 January 2007 it had been ratified by 167 countries.
• Protocol II (1977): Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts. As of 12 January 2007 it had been ratified by 163 countries.
• Protocol III (2005): Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Adoption of an Additional Distinctive Emblem. As of 12 January 2007 it had been ratified by nine countries and signed but not yet ratified by an additional 75 countries.

All four conventions were last revised and ratified in 1949, based on previous revisions and partly on some of the 1907 Hague Conventions; the whole set is referred to as the “Geneva Conventions of 1949” or simply the “Geneva Conventions”. Later conferences have added provisions prohibiting certain methods of warfare and addressing issues of civil wars. Nearly all 200 countries of the world are “signatory” nations, in that they have ratified these conventions.

Please, continue talking out your asses.

Posted by Lee on 05/30/07 at 09:03 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

Comments


Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 05/30/07 at 11:51 PM from United States

"Well, ya see, Lee, what I did, is say they ain’t civilians but they ain’t soldiers niether. That’s the beauty of this whole detainee thingy. Ya can pretend they don’t really exist, see, and then you can just ignore ‘em. See how that there strategery works? This way, I can not pay any attention to what’s happenin’ down there in Gitmo, and if the durn librul media brings it up, well, I just tell ‘em it’s legal, ‘cause I signed on to it. Don’t matter what the law says ‘cause that’s fer them antiwar pansy types. Yours in Christ, The Decider, George W. Bush.”

Posted by on 05/31/07 at 06:27 AM from United Kingdom

Actually it’s right that these people are neither soldiers nor civilians( until a fair trial is held to establish so) however article 5 states:

Article 5

The present Convention shall apply to the persons referred to in Article 4 from the time they fall into the power of the enemy and until their final release and repatriation.

Should any doubt arise as to whether persons, having committed a belligerent act and having fallen into the hands of the enemy, belong to any of the categories enumerated in Article 4, such persons shall enjoy the protection of the present Convention until such time as their status has been determined by a competent tribunal

The administations policy on detaining and torturing people without due process and legal procedures having taken place suddenly starts to look like a war crime.

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