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Revised and New Draft Conventions for the Protection of War Victims: Remarks and Proposals

Submitted by the International Committee of the Red Cross

February 1949

In February 1949 the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) prepared a communication to Governments expected to attend the scheduled April 1949 Diplomatic Conference, at which time the "Conventions [for the protection of war victims would] be given their ultimate form.” This communication contains suggestions advanced by the ICRC regarding amendments to the conventions adopted by the XVIIth ICRC Conference. The ICRC notes in the introduction to this document that they “have added certain comments and proposals which they consider useful in light of the exhaustive study of the Conventions they have now pursued for three years.” The conventions, known collectively as “Revised and New Conventions for the Protection of War Victims,” as amended are:
 
Revision of the Geneva Convention of July 27, 1929, for the relief of the wounded and sick in armed forces in the field;

Revision of the Tenth Hague Convention of October 18, 1907, for the adaptation to maritime warfare of the principles of the Geneva Convention of 1906;

Revision of the Convention signed at Geneva on July 27, 1929, relative to the treatment of prisoners of war;

Draft Convention for the protection of civilian persons in time of war.


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Remarks and Proposals Submitted by the International Committee of the Red Cross
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