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Geneva Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (1949)
Legislation & Conventions | 12.8.1949
The convention establishes rules and guidelines for the protection of civilians during times of war. It requires an occupying power to bear responsibility for the residents of the occupied territory, including providing medical services, allowing contact with human rights organizations, securing freedom of movement and preventing deportation. The convention outlines a framework for the general protection of the population from certain effects of war as well as regulations regarding the treatment of detainees: the detention process and facilities, medical treatment and holding conditions, freedom of religion, physical and intellectual activity, safeguarding detainees' property, contact with the outside world, repatriation. The convention also lists mechanisms for ensuring it is observed and respected by all countries.
Updates
6.10.2005
The High Court of Justice ruled that the military's use of Palestinian residents as "human shields" is unlawful and contradicts the provisions of international law: following a petition filed by seven human rights organizations in this matter, the HCJ banned the use of civilians to conduct arrests in the Territories
19.2.2006
HaMoked urges the Israeli government to uphold its obligations toward the population of the Occupied Palestinian Territories as laid down in international law: The results of the democratic elections that took place in the Palestinian Authority cannot justify disregard for these obligations or human rights violations
17.4.2007
Israeli officials deleted the names of long-serving Palestinian prisoners from the Population Registry and are evading requests to restore the names: The Legal Advisor for the West Bank argues that the restoring of registration should be implemented by the Palestinian side, despite the fact that in the past the advisor has admitted that the responsibility for the “error” and its correction rest...
13.5.2007
HaMoked is petitioning the High Court of Justice (HCJ) to permit a Palestinian resident of the West Bank to visit his brother in prison without being forced each time to prove his family relationship: Despite the fact that the petitioner’s applications have been approved in the past, the information is not detailed on the computer system, and each time the military refuses to allow the brothers...
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