+ Geneva Conventions turn 70
The Geneva Conventions
were adopted on 12th August 1949, and this week marked the 70th anniversary since their inception. The Geneva Conventions, along with their three additional protocols, cover provisions on the legal status and treatment of the wounded, of captured and escaped prisoners of war and of people living in occupied territories.
On the 6th August, New Zealand Red Cross
commemorated this anniversary alongside Pacific leaders, humanitarians, lawyers, and politicians at an event at New Zealand Parliament, which was attended by the Prime Minister.
Four years ago, many - including the International Committee of the Red Cross - were questioning if the Geneva Conventions
adequately apply to modern warfare. They were written with traditional battlefields and traditional armies in mind but where are the battlefields today? At Aleppo's water supply station? In a concert hall in Paris?
Certainly more enforcement is needed
for the Geneva Conventions particularly as aiding victims is more dangerous than ever. As the Conventions turn 70, Dr Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross, outlines 5 myths about the Geneva Conventions