Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Geneva Conventions

The four international treaties signed at Geneva on August 12, 1949. These conventions limit the military tactics that a country can use, and they set standards designed to protect people who fall under enemy control -- either as wounded soldiers, prisoners of war, or civilians living under an occupying force.
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