Practice Relating to Rule 59. Improper Use of the Distinctive Emblems of the Geneva Conventions
Venezuela’s Emblem Law (1965) provides:
The emblem of the Red Cross on a white ground and the words “Red Cross” may not be used, in time of peace or in time of war, except to protect and designate the personnel and material of medical formations and of establishments of the Medical Service of the Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as of voluntary relief societies duly recognized by the National Red Cross Society and officially authorized to offer its assistance.
The use of any sign or denomination constituting an imitation of the emblem or the words “Red Cross” is prohibited.
Likewise, the use for any purpose … of similar emblems or words which could create confusion is prohibited.
The Law further stipulates that all violations of those provisions must be punished.