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Convention (II) for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea. Geneva, 12 August 1949.
State parties (196)  - State signatories (0)

With this Convention, the protection of wounded, sick and shipwrecked members of armed forces at sea was regulated for the first time in a Geneva Convention. Prior to this, the rules on the protection of the wounded, sick and shipwrecked during naval warfare were codified in the 1889 and 1907 Hague Conventions, which adapted the principles of the Geneva Conventions on the wounded and sick to naval warfare.

This Convention contains 63 articles. In addition to the protection of wounded, sick and shipwrecked members of armed forces at sea, these articles provide specific protection for hospital ships, coastal rescue craft, medical aircraft and other medical transports at sea, as well as religious, medical and hospital personnel performing their duties in a naval context. The Convention also recognizes the distinctive emblems. It has one annex, consisting of a model identity card for medical and religious personnel attached to the armed forces at sea.


The updated Commentary on this Convention was published online on 4 May 2017 and takes into account developments up to this date.
This Commentary can be referred to (in full) as ICRC, Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention: Convention (II) for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea, 2nd edition, 2017, or (in brief) as ICRC, Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention, 2017.
This web page can be referred to as: https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/ihl/full/GCII-commentary. A print version of this Commentary will be available from Cambridge University Press at the end of 2017.
     
 
Diplomatic Conference of Geneva of 1949

yes

21.10.1950

21.04.1949 - 12.08.1949, Geneva

12.08.1949

Switzerland

63 + 1 annex

English, French

Final Record of the Diplomatic Conference of Geneva of 1949, Vol. I,  Federal Political Department, Bern pp. 225-242

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