The Geneva Convention

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I read yet another news story about treatment of persons captured by the U.S. during recent fighting and whether their treatment did or did not comply with the Geneva Convention, and it occurred to me that I'd never actually read the Geneva Convention, and probably very few of us have.  So, here it is.  It's very long and technical, but of some interest.  How does the treatment of students in school compare to the standard required for treatment of prisoners of war?  [The Geneva Convention]

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KennyCelican from at Fri, 09 Nov 2007 17:25:14 +0000:
My problem with the Geneva Convention is actually the following quote -

"That of conducting their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war."

While the signatories of the Geneva Convention no doubt believed they had a common set of laws and customs, are those laws and customs documented somewhere? I've heard people who are otherwise fairly intelligent relying heavily on the idea that certain persons are not protected by the Geneva Convention because they did not abide by the 'laws and customs of war'.

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