July 16th, 2012
12:04 PM ET

Red Cross: Geneva Conventions apply to Syrian conflict

The Red Cross has determined the conflict in Syria to be a civil war - a declaration that officially applies the Geneva Conventions to violence throughout the country.

International humanitarian law now applies "wherever hostilities take place," the organization said Monday.

The announcement came as violence spread into parts of the capital that had previously avoided the bloodshed, and just a few days after more than 200 people, according to activists, were massacred in the town of Tremseh. It was the deadliest day of the conflict.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, on its website, explains that its mandate "stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949."

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  1. banasy©

    We have been calling it that all along on these boards...

    July 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Obama Mama

    Yea, but I am with you, I do not want to go there with our boys.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. james ainoris

    What a joke.... no one seems to ever listen to these "nice war" rules.... no one wants to harm innocents.... but when cowardly terrorists hide amongst and behind them they often sadly become co lateral damage.... whats really warped is that NATO ans US as well as IDF soldiers have to follow strict engagement rules whereas the terrorists (freedom fighters?..lol..) never do. Life has little or no value to some cultures...even so called "advanced" ones (germany,soviet union,china et al). Its kind of like the evil crusaders raping killing stealing and burning all non christians on the way to Jerusalem in the name of the "prince of peace"(they used luke 19:27 as their endorsement from the pope)..and the wondering why everyone was so upset! Crazy .... these people still remember these atrocities...the vanquished always do..the victors move on..james ainoris

    July 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    IDF following strict engagement rules.lol
    And be informed that NATO and us make our own rules as we prosecute a war.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    What are you talking about @ james ainoris/
    Annihilation of whole people like Vandals,Goths,Indians,c.south Americans, slaughter of the Slavic people and genocides of Jews by Christians is a sad part of history.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    The slaughter of innocents is one of the most effective tools of warfare...which is why it is employed again and again.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Pope Gregor Vii was fond of saying "damned be who protect his sword from blood".Pope Julian ii "when the keys of St.Peter don't suffice, let his sword serve me". Around 900-1000 AD catholic church was fully militarized.
    Churche's father theodoret said " the historic evidence teaches us that war is more useful to us than peace".

    The Christians historically have been responsible for more blood shed than any other people since even before the medieval times to this century. Read the history of wars on this planet.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Good afternoon@banasy and rightly said. My 1:52 was in continuation of my response to@james

    July 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Can anyone point out one war to me that has recognized the rules of the "Geneva Covention" since it's inception ?
    What are they going to do, put the violator on time out. Or better yet, the side that's being violated can just say, You don't play fair, I quit.

    July 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Ha!
      There is no rules to war; there is only needless death of people who just go about their daily lives hoping they won't be shot or blown up...

      July 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      That's the worse part of it all, it's ALWAYS the innocents that take the brunt of any war. It's a little thing the leaders ( or should I say creators ) of these wars refer to as "collateral damage" These "leaders" sit well away fom the danger zone and all the peons do their bidding, willing or not. How can anybody, I mean anybody be so damn non-chalant about the loss of innocents, especially the children.
      There I go again, getting myself in a tizzy ( like that word ?). I knew I shouldn't jumped in here.

      July 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    War has always been a means to an end. The 'innocents' are those rebels and their children who eventually become rebels themselves, are purged for the country's compliance to a New World Order that will claim peace without organized religion.

    July 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    @bobcat
    can't blame you. These 'affairs' do have that effect on thinking folks.
    Yes @Mary. It becomes a cycle of violence like what we are seeing in ' war zones' with no end in sight. Senseless.
    Yet we hear drums of war beating incessantly in Tel Aviv and Washington. More wars and military interventions.

    July 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |