As far as his army can reach.

Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, Article 3:


In the case of armed conflict not of an international character occurring in the territory of one of the High Contracting Parties, each party to the conflict shall be bound to apply, as a minimum, the following provisions:

1. Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.

To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:

(a) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;

(b) Taking of hostages;

(c) Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment;

(d) The passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.

4 Comments

  1. Posted May 7, 2004 at 3:01 am | Permalink

    In case you don’t read my blog:

    http://www.katc.com/Global/story.asp?S=1844079&nav=EyAzMsb9

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/video1/POWa.mov (warning, 53MB)

    http://media.ebaumsworld.com/helicopterkills.mpg (5MB)

    http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/story.jsp?sectionid=1258&storyid=1302907

  2. Mike Hoye
    Posted May 7, 2004 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    “He’s wounded. Hit him.”

    Christ.

  3. Mike Hoye
    Posted May 8, 2004 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    “I expect them to be treated, the POWs, I expect to be treated humanely, just like we’re treating the prisoners that we have captured humanely. If not, the people who mistreat the prisoners will be treated as war criminals.”

    -George W. Bush, 3/23/2003

  4. Melanie
    Posted May 12, 2004 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    I mourn for my adopted country that only 30% of the population thinks Rumsfeld should resign.