The Geneva Convention, Background, General Principles, and Application
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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This study of the background, general principles, and application of the Geneva Convention has been made to familiarize Air Force personnel with the essential features of this international agreement and to point out the important background events and situations pertinent to the present status of agreement and to point out the important status of agreements of Prisoners of War. The machinery for the protection of Prisoners of War is briefly summarized. The rights of a POW derive from several treaties the Haque Convention of 1899 and 1907, the Geneva Convention of 1929, and today, chiefly from the Geneva Prisoners of War Convention of 1949. Each state is bound only by the treaty which it has accepted. There are, however, certain principles of international customary law which are binding on all states.