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Reference : V-F-CR-F-02666-N
Date : 09/08/2019
Title : 70 years of the Geneva Conventions : seeking to reduce the brutality of war
Duration : 00:04:04
Cameraman : various
Editor : NICHOLAS, Christopher
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
NICHOLAS, Christopher
Description : The Geneva Conventions – one of humanity’s most important accomplishments of the last century - turn 70 on August 12. It’s a moment to celebrate all the lives the conventions have helped save, and to remind the world of the importance of protecting people from the worst of warfare.
The Geneva Conventions are at the core of international humanitarian law, the body of law that regulates the conduct of armed conflict and seeks to limit its effects. They specifically protect people who are not taking part in the hostilities (civilians, health workers and aid workers) and those who are no longer participating in the hostilities, such as wounded, sick and shipwrecked soldiers and prisoners of war.
The Geneva Conventions, which were adopted before 1949 were concerned with combatants only. The events of World War II showed the disastrous consequences of the absence of a convention for the protection of civilians. And so the fourth convention adopted on 12 August 1949, seventy years ago, took this into account and afforded protection to civilians too.
The conventions say that during war:
• No one shall be subjected to torture or other forms of ill-treatment;
• Rape and other forms of sexual violence are prohibited;
• The wounded and sick must be given medical care;
• Hospitals and medical personnel must not be attacked;
• People who are detained must be treated humanely;
• Family members have the right to know the fate of their relatives; and
• The dead must be treated with dignity.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : 70 years of the Geneva Conventions : seeking to reduce the brutality of war
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