Thursday, August 13, 2009

Happy Anniversary to the Geneva Conventions!

August 12, 2009 marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the four Geneva Conventions on the laws of war.  The four conventions set forth rules for the treatment and protection of sick or wounded armed soldiers on land and at sea, prisoners of war, and civilians. All 194 States are parties to the Geneva Conventions, making them universally applicable.  The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is using the anniversary to call for better compliance with the Conventions.  While violations of international humanitarian law are still committed too frequently, ICRC’s president, Jakob Kellenberger, notes that "many of these violations are no longer going unnoticed. Increasingly, those responsible are being held accountable for their actions and that is a sign of progress.”  The ICRC press release may be found here.


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With the Geneva Convention’s anniversary this week, I hope that people are looking at the convention and working on ways to improve it. Because I believe that this problem, where people are being tortured and treated badly, no matter who they are, needs to be addressed. Many different media organizations are talking about what would happen if changes were made to the convention check out this interesting video that looks at different perspectives.

Posted by: Sarah | Aug 13, 2009 2:53:58 PM

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