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Karna Thapa Faculty of Law, T.U.. Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed forces at Sea.

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1 Karna Thapa Faculty of Law, T.U.

2 Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed forces at Sea of August 12, 1949 Geneva Convention II

3 Protection and Care of wounded, sick and Shipwrecked Basic Terminologies “Wounded and sick” Person whether military or civilian, who, because of trauma, disease or other physical or mental disorder or disability, are indeed of medical assistance or care and who refrain from any act of hostility. These terms also cover maternity cases, new born babies and other person who are in need of medical assistance or care, such as expectant mothers.

4 “Shipwrecked” means, persons, whether military or civilian, who are in peril at sea or in other waters as a result of misfortune affecting them and who refrain from any act of hostility. These person, provided that they continue to refrain to refrain from any act of hostility, shall continue to be considered shipwrecked during their rescue until they acquire another status under the conventions or the protocol.

5 Protection and Care of wounded, sick and Shipwrecked Members of armed forces, who are at sea and are wounded sick and shipwrecked shall in all circumstances be respected and protected. Party in whose power the wounded sick and shipwrecked are should provide human treatment without adverse distinction based on race, religion, sex, nationality, political opinion and any other similar criteria.

6 Murder and prohibition is restricted Torture and Biological experiments is strictly prohibited Wounded and sick should not be left without medical assistance and care (Art. 12, GC II)

7 Handing over of wounded and sick to belligerent Warship of the belligerent state may have the right to demand that the wounded sick and shipwrecked on board military hospital ship and hospital ship belonging to relief societies or to private individuals as well as merchant ship, yatch and other crafts shall be surrendered.

8 Provided that wounded and sick are in a fit state to be moved and warship can, provide adequate facilities for necessary medical treatment (Art.14)

9 Protection of wounded and sick falling into enemy hands Wounded and sick who fall into the hands of belligerent shall be entitled to POW status Provisions of International Law concerning the POWs shall be applied to detainees Captor has the option either to convey them to the port of neutral state or even to the territory of the enemy state. But POWs returned to their home country may not serve during war.

10 Search for Casualties Parties to the conflict shall have to take possible measures; To search for and collect wounded, sick and shipwrecked To protect them against pillage and ill treatment To ensure them adequate care To search for dead and prevent their despoiled

11 Obligation for Recording and forwarding information Parties to the conflict shall have to manage for recording of wounded sick and shipwrecked or dead person of adverse party falling into hands. Such record if possible should include;

12 Designation of the power on which he depends Army, regimental, personnel and serial number Surname First name or names Date of birth Other particulars shown on his identity cards or disc Date and place of capture or death Particulars concerning wounds or illness and cause of death

13 Things to be transmitted by the parties to the conflict Death certificates Duly authorized list of dead Identity disc Last wills Money All articles of intrinsic or sentimental value

14 Protection of Military hospital ships

15 Hospital ships

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17 Hospital ships built or equipped specially to assist the wounded sick and shipwrecked to treat and transport shall in no circumstances be attacked or captured Protection of medical establishment ashore Establishment ashore shall be protected from bombardment or attack from the sea

18 Protection of hospital ship utilized by relief societies or private individuals of parties to the conflict Followings are entitled to protection similar As to the military hospital ship; Hospital ship of Red Cross Society Hospital ship of National Red Cross Society Private Individuals Relief Society

19 Neutral Countries Hospital ships as follows shall have the same protection as the military hospital ship and shall be exempted from capture. Hospital ship utilized by National Red Cross Society Hospital ship utilized by officially recognized relief society, private persons of neutral country

20 Coastal Rescue Crafts Small crafts employed by the states or by officially life boat institutions for coastal rescue operations shall also be protected and respected Hospital Ships in occupied port Hospital ship in occupied port shall be authorized to leave

21 Protection of personnel of hospital ships Religious, medical and personnel of hospital ship and their crews shall be respected and, protected. They may not be captured during the time of service of hospital ship (Art. 36)

22 Protection of medical and religious personnel of other ships Religious, medical and hospital personnel assigned to the medical and spiritual care if fall into the hands of enemy, be respected and protected. They may continue to carry out their duties as long as this is necessary for the care of wounded and sick. They will send back as soon as the commander- in-chief under whose authority they are considers it practical.

23 Protection of medical transport Ships Ships chartered for the purpose of transporting the medical equipments shall be authorized to transport equipment exclusively intended for the treatment of wounded and sick member of the armed forces or for the prevention of the disease. Provided that the particulars regarding their voyage have been notified to the adverse power and approved by the letter.

24 Aircrafts

25 Medical aircrafts

26 Aircrafts exclusively employed for the removal of the wounded, sick and shipwrecked and for the transport of medical personnel and equipment, may not be object of attack, but shall be respected by the parties to the conflict, while flying at the height at times and on routs specifically agreed upon between the parties to the conflict

27 Protection of distinctive Emblem Under the direction of the competent military authority, emblem of Red Cross on white ground shall be displayed on the flag, armlet and all equipments employed in the medical service. In the case of the countries which already use as emblem, in the place of Red Cross, the Red Crescent or the red lion and sun on a white ground, these are also recognized by the terms of the present convention

28 Identification of medical and religious personnel Personnel assigned for the medical duty shall wear, affixed to left arm, a water resistance armlet bearing the distinctive emblem issued and stamped by the military authority

29 Such personnel shall carry a special identity card bearing the distinctive emblem. The card shall be water resistant and of such size it can be carried in the pocket. The card shall at least mention surname, and first name, the date of birth, rank and service number of the bearer and shall state in what capacity he is entitled to protection of the present convention.

30 The identity card shall bear the photograph of the owner and also his signature or fingerprint orboth. It shall be embossed with the stamp of military authority.

31 Marking of the hospital ship and small crafts All exterior surfaces shall be white One or more dark red crosses as large as possible, shall be painted and displayed on each side of the hull and on the horizontal surfaces so placed as t o afford the greatest possible visibility from the sea and from the air.

32 All hospital ship to be identified shall hoist their national flag. If they belong to neutral state the flag of the party to the conflict whose direction they have accepted. A white flag with a red cross shall be flown at the mainmast as high as possible. Life boats of hospital ship, coastal life boats and all crafts used by the medical service shall be painted white with dark Red Cross prominently displayed.

33 Right to control and search Parties to the conflict shall have the right to control and search of the medical ships and vessels employed in the medical services. Parties to the conflict may refuse assistance Order them off Control the use of their wireless and other means of communication Detain them for the period of not exceeding 7 days

34 Discontinuation of the protection Protection of such hospital ship shall no cease unless they are used to commit acts harmful to the enemy outside their humanitarian task

35 San Remo Manual on international law applicable in the armed conflict at sea of 1994 The manual prepared during Prepared by a group of legal and naval expert Manual aims at providing contemporary restatement of international law applicable to armed conflict at sea In particular law of armed conflict at sea has not been developed similar as to the law of armed conflict on land with the conclusion of protocol I

36 Some of the provision of protocol I address the conflict at sea but is not sufficient II Geneva convention incorporates essentially limited provision concerning the protection of wounded sick and shipwrecked at sea. ICRC supported the this project throughout. The manual basically provides for the following provisions;

37 Basic rule and target discrimination No unlimited right to choose the methods and means of war fare. Distinction between combatant and civilians or other protected persons, civilian and military objectives “So far the objective is concerned, military objects are limited to those objects which by their nature, location, purpose, or use make an effective contribution to military action and whose total or partial destruction, capture or neutralization, in the circumstances ruling at the time, offers a definite military advantages”.

38 Attack shall be limited strictly to military objects. Merchant vessel and civil aircrafts are civilian objects unless they; Are believed on reasonable ground to be carrying contraband or breaching blocked, after prior warning they intentionally and clearly refuse to stop, or intentionally and clearly resist visit search or capture

39 Engage in belligerent acts on behalf of the enemy Act as auxiliary to the enemy’s armed force Are incorporated into or assist the enemy’s intelligence system Sail under convoy of enemy warships or military aircraft or Otherwise making an effective contribution to the enemy’s military actions, e. g carrying military forces

40 Enemy vessels and aircrafts exempt from the attack The following classes of enemy vessels are exempt from the attack; Hospital ships Small crafts used for coastal rescue operation and other medical transports

41 Vessel granted safe conduct by agreement between belligerent parties including: Cartel vessels e.g. vessel engaged in the transport of POWs Vessel engaged in humanitarian mission e.g. carrying supplies indispensable for the survival of civilian population and vessel engaged in relief action and rescue operation

42 Vessel engaged in transportation of cultural property under special protection Passenger vessel when engaged only in carrying civilian passengers Vessel charged with religious, non-military scientific or philanthropic mission. Small coastal fishing vessel and small boats engaged in local coastal trade, but they are subject to the regulation of a belligerent naval commander operating in the area and to inspection

43 Vessels designed and adapted exclusively for responding to pollution incidents in the marine environment Vessel which have surrendered Life rafts and life boats

44 Conditions of exemption Vessels listed above are exempt from the attack only if they: Are innocently employed in their normal role Submit to identification and inspection when required; and Do not intentionally hamper the movement of combatants and obey orders to stop or move out of the way when required


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