Practice Relating to Rule 59. Improper Use of the Distinctive Emblems of the Geneva Conventions
Poland’s Red Cross Society Law (1964) provides:
The sign or the name of the Red Cross as an emblem or distinctive and protective sign may be used in situations and in accordance with the principles determined in international conventions. …
1. It shall be prohibited to use, in contravention of Art. 13, the sign or the name “Red Cross” or “Geneva Cross”, as well as any signs or names constituting their imitations.
2. The prohibition contained in point (1) applies also to the use of signs and names of the “Red Crescent” and “Red Lion and Sun”.
Poland’s Penal Code (1997) punishes “any person who, during hostilities, uses the sign of the Red Cross or of the Red Crescent in violation of international law”.