Wednesday, June 8, 2011

On June 8

On this day in ...
... 1977, the Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), and Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts (Protocol II), were signed in Geneva, Switzerland. Among the innovations were detailed provisions on treatment of persons in the power of a party to international conflict, in Protocol I, and the explicit extension of international humanitarian law protections to non-international conflicts, in Protocol II. (image credit) Today the treaties have 170 and 165 states parties, respectively. Countries that have signed but not ratified: as to Protocol I, Iran, Morocco, Pakistan, the Philippines, and the United States; as to Protocol II, all of those just listed with the exception of the Philippines.

(Prior June 8 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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