Wednesday August 12th is the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Convetions. But is it a Happy Birthday? The Geneva Conventions relate to the immunity of medical personnel on the battlefield, the treatment of prisoners of war and the duty to protect civilians.
But there is growing concern that the rules are regularly ignored. There are plenty of recent examples where such allegations have been made: Abu Ghraib, Sri Lanka, Georgia, DR Congo. So is it time to re-write the Conventions for the modern era? Or is it naive to think that there can be rules of war?