The United Kingdom1 is a party to the four Geneva Red Cross Conventions of 1949. These are: (1) the Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field2; (2) the Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea3; (3) the Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War4; and (4) the Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War5. Conventions (or treaties) to which the United Kingdom is a party have no direct effect
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