Practice Relating to Rule 59. Improper Use of the Distinctive Emblems of the Geneva Conventions
El Salvador’s Emblem Law (2000) punishes:
anyone who, without the corresponding authorization, makes use of the emblem of the red cross, red crescent, or of the names “Red Cross”, “Geneva Cross” or “Red Crescent”, or of any other sign or word which is an imitation thereof or which can create confusion with those emblems and names.
El Salvador’s Emblem Law (2000), as amended in 2009, states:
Amend Art. 15, paragraph one, [of the 2000 Emblem Law] in the following manner:
“Art. 15.- Anyone who, without the corresponding authorization, makes [improper] use of the emblems or names: ‘Red Cross’, ‘Geneva Cross’, ‘Red Crescent’, ‘Red Crystal’ or of any other sign or word which is an imitation thereof or which can create confusion with those emblems or names will be sanctioned in accordance with the applicable criminal legislation; in the same way, anyone who places these emblems or words on labels, posters, announcements, brochures or commercial papers, or uses them in merchandise or the packaging of this, or sells or offers to sell or distribute merchandise in this way, will immediately be confiscated without prejudice to the corresponding criminal sanctions.”