Geneva Convention at a glance

Since the capture of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, questions have been raised about his treatment particularly in terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention relevant to the treatment of prisoners of war.

    Geneva Convention protects POW's from public curiosity

    Here are some facts about the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of captives:

    • The Conventions came into force on 21 October 1950 after a series of international treaties concluded in Geneva on lessening the effects of war on soldiers and civilians.

    • The Conventions state that prisoners of war must be treated humanely at all times.

    • No form of coercion, physical or mental, may be used to obtain information.

    • The International Committee of the Red Cross must be allowed access to the prisoner and under no restrictions.

    • A trial should take place as soon as possible following investigations related to the prisoner.

    • Article 100 states: "Prisoners of war... shall be informed as soon as possible of the offences which are punishable by the death sentence under the laws of the Detaining Power."

    • Prisoners must be protected from public curiosity.

    By 2003, 189 countries were party to the Geneva Conventions. Signatories are obliged to uphold its principles and ensure other countries adhere to the Conventions.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Residents of long-neglected northwestern tribal belt say incorporation into Pakistan has left them in a vacuum.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".