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What is the Geneva convention? What rights does it accord captives or prisoners of war? Given the social media usage of this term, here are some things you need to know.
Since Wing Commander Abhinandan has been in the captivity of Pakistani army since yesterday, an increased mention of the Geneva Convention in public discourse is visible; however in this particular case the following points need to be considered.
(यह लेख आप हिंदी में भी पा सकते हैं: जेनेवा कन्वेंशन क्या है? यह कैसे युद्धबंदियों की सुरक्षा करता है?)
The convention was framed in 1949 although parts of it had been created in the 1920s, and has been ratified by 146 countries, including India and Pakistan. These are some important aspects about the Geneva convention and it’s implementation that we need to understand, especially when we consider the emotionally heightened atmosphere at present. Let’s make sure we get our facts right before we rush to expound on serious issues which many of us know little about.
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Pooja Priyamvada is a columnist, professional translator and an online content and Social Media consultant.
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