Execution of prisoners - Geneva Conventions

[JURIST] Speaking at Camp David Thursday, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair accused Iraq of executing [BBC News report] the two British soldiers whose bodies were shown on television Wednesday, an act which he described as "yet one more flagrant breach of all the proper conventions of war."

Article 13 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War [text] says:

Prisoners of war must at all times be humanely treated. Any unlawful act or omission by the Detaining Power causing death or seriously endangering the health of a prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited, and will be regarded as a serious breach of the present Convention....
Article 50 of the Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field [text] also declares "wilful killing" of protected persons - generally read to include sick and wounded, and captured or surrendering soldiers - to be a "grave breach".


 

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