Geneva Conventions and Enemy Combatants

The Hedgehog Blog is asking if British Defense Minister John Reid is correct that the Geneva Conventions require updating to address non-uniformed terrorist. In fact the Geneva Conventions already addresses this issue by clearly defining what represents legal warfare and who are legal combatants. Those persons not meeting the criteria described, and this includes non-uniformed terrorist, do not enjoy the privilege of protection under the Conventions. Falling outside the protections of the Geneva Conventions means that there are no internationally recognized legal rules that apply to the treatment of “enemy combatants” and they may be handled, or disposed of, in the way their captors see fit.

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