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The Geneva Conventions
Edited on Sun Nov-27-05 05:50 PM by pinto
Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare

Opened for signature: 17 June 1925, entered into force: 8 February 1928

The undersigned Plenipotentiaries, in the name of their respective governments:

Whereas the use in war of asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, and of all analogous liquids, materials or devices, has been justly condemned by the general opinion of the civilised world; and

Whereas the prohibition of such use has been declared in Treaties to which the majority of Powers of the world are Parties; and

To the end that this prohibition shall be universally accepted as a part of International Law, binding alike the conscience and the practice of nations;


That the High Contracting Parties, so far as they are not already Parties to Treaties prohibiting such use, accept this prohibition, agree to extend this prohibition to the use of bacteriological methods of warfare and agree to be bound as between themselves according to the terms of this declaration.

The High Contracting Parties will exert every effort to induce other States to accede to the present Protocol. Such accession will be notified to the Government of the French Republic, and by the latter to all signatories and acceding Powers, and will take effect on the date of the notification by the Government of the French Republic

The present Protocol, of which the English and French texts are both authentic, shall be ratified as soon as possible. It shall bear to-day's date.

The ratifications of the present Protocol shall be addressed to the Government of the French Republic, which will at once notify the deposit of such ratification to each of the signatory and acceding Powers.

The instruments of ratification of and accession to the present Protocol will remain deposited in the archives of the Government of the French Republic.

The present Protocol will come into force for each signatory Power as from the date of deposit of its ratification, and, from that moment, each Power will be bound as regards other Powers which have already deposited their ratifications.

In witness whereof the Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Protocol.

Done at Geneva in a single copy, the seventeenth day of June, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty-Five.

Reference Guide to the Geneva Conventions

Programs & Committees > International Journalism > Geneva Conventions


Use the alphabetical index on this site (or click on a letter of the alphabet below) to find out what the Geneva Conventions say about everything from access to grave sites to wounded prisoners of war, fully linked to the original treaties.

You can also read about the history of the Geneva Conventions, see the full texts of the Conventions, or glance at the author's note written by Maria Trombly. /

A Call for a New Geneva Convention

A Call for Geneva

by rgrdave
Sun Nov 27, 2005 at 01:48:15 PM PDT

I took a road trip over the Thanksgiving holiday with my family which gave me lots of time to think about my campaign and the state of our Nation. The 15 hour drive to Georgia was a much needed therapy in itself - it gave us time to strategize while the kids slept or played games in the back seat. I did a lot of thinking on Iraq and topics of discussions that have come up on DKos lately - pre-war intelligence, the use of WP weapons there, torture, terrorism/insurgency and an exit strategy. There has been much written about the consequences of these subjects and how it has affected public opinion of the war, but I want to take this one more step; I call for another Geneva Convention.

As a soldier that has deployed to foreign soils and fought for this Nation, the Geneva Conventions are important to me in many ways. They are the hope that prisoners of war have if captured by the enemy. They are the compass that guides warriors in the ethical and moral waging of violence against other Nations. They are, in short, the protectors of humanity while engaged in combat.


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