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Report on the Work of the Conference of Government Experts for the Study of the
Conventions for the Protection of War Victims

Geneva, April 14 - 26, 1947

In preparation for the revision of the 1929 Geneva Conventions and the drafting of new humanitarian agreements, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) suggested that the Allied Governments convene a Conference of Experts to study the following: (1) Revision of the Geneva Convention of July 27, 1929, for the Relief of the Wounded and Sick in Armies in the field, and related stipulations; (2) Revision of the Geneva Convention of July 27, 1929, relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War; and (3) Establishment of a Convention relating to the Condition and Protection of Civilians in Time of War. When the Conference convened on April 14, 1947, three commissions were appointed to address each of these topics. In the closing days of the conference, the reports submitted by each of the commissions were discussed in plenary session and adopted with amendments.

 This report reviews the final recommendations of each of the three Commissions, which proposed modifications to each existing Article of the Geneva Convention and, in the case of the Third Commission, proposed new Articles. In its discussion of each of these recommendations, the report reviews how they were addressed by several previous initiatives to revise the 1929 Convention: the 1937 commission of international experts convened by the ICRC to frame a revised Draft of the Geneva Convention; the July-August 1946 Preliminary Conference of National Red Cross Societies, and the ICRC report to that conference.
(OCLC Number 503562179)

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