Practice Relating to Rule 59. Improper Use of the Distinctive Emblems of the Geneva Conventions
Malta’s Red Cross Society Act (1992) provides:
(a) It shall not be lawful for any person other than the [Red Cross] Society or any other person authorised under the provisions of the [1949 Geneva Conventions, the 1977 Additional Protocol I and the 1977 Additional Protocol II] to use for any purpose whatever the emblem of the Red Cross, the Red Crescent or any distinctive emblem as is referred to in Article 38 of [the 1949 Geneva Convention I], any colourable imitation thereof, or words “Red Cross” or “Red Crescent” in any language.
(b) Any person who contravenes the provisions of paragraph (a
) of this subsection shall be guilty of [a punishable] offence.