GENEVA, Switzerland, July 19, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Republic of South Sudan has acceded to the 1949 Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, after a bill was passed by the National Legislative Assembly on Monday 16 July. All the countries in the world have now signed the 1949 Geneva Conventions, making the treaties truly universal.
The Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols are the core of international humanitarian law, setting out rules which seek, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of armed conflict. These rules protect persons not, or no longer, participating in hostilities, such as civilians, health workers and aid workers, wounded or sick soldiers, prisoners of war and other persons deprived of their liberty, and impose restrictions on the means and methods of warfare to which parties to conflict can resort.
“We are very pleased to learn that South Sudan has acceded to the Geneva Conventions. These rules which seek to protect human life and prevent needless suffering are now universal. The fact that all States have signed them puts that beyond doubt,” said Melker Mabeck, head of the ICRC‘s delegation in Juba. “The Geneva Conventions must continue to be incorporated into the training and doctrine of
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