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Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 – Ratification kit

31-05-2003

Model instruments of ratification / accession / succession

 SPECIMEN  

 RATIFICATION / ACCESSION TO THE TWO ADDITIONAL PROTOCOLS OF 8 JUNE 1977  

To the Swiss Federal Council

 Bern  

Mr President,

Members of the Council,

I have the honour to bring to your notice that the Government of ..........................................., in conformity with the decree of ................................. [1 ] , declares its ratification of / accession to the two Protocols additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 for the protection of war victims, adopted on 8 June 1977, namely:

· Protocol additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and

 relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflict

 (Protocol I);

· Protocol additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and

 relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Conflicts (Protocol II).

I should be obliged if you would kindly bring the above to the notice of the States party to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949.

Please accept the as surance of my highest consideration.

............................... ........................................

Date Minister of Foreign Affairs

[1 ] This could also be an act, a governmental decree or a law.

 SUCCESSION TO THE FOUR GENEVA CONVENTIONS  

 OF 12 AUGUST 1949  

 AND THEIR TWO ADDITIONAL PROTOCOLS OF 8 JUNE 1977  

 Depositary: Swiss Federal Council, Bern, Switzerland  

The Government of ...................................... is honoured to inform the Swiss Federal Council that it considers itself, by virtue of succession, to be bound by the following treaties to which ................................. was Party:

1. Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and

 Sick in Armed Forces in the Field, of 12 August 1949;

2. Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick

 and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea, of 12 August 1949;

3. Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, of 12

 August 1949;

4. Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of

 War, of 12 August 1949;

5. Protocol additio nal to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and

 relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts

 (Protocol I), of 8 June 1977;

6. Protocol additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and

 relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts

 (Protocol II), of 8 June 1977.

(optional cause)

However, the Government of ............................................does ot maintain any of the reservations made to those treaties by .........................................and, therefore, considers itself bound by the said treaties without any reservation.

(optional clause)

The Government of ..........................................declares that it recognizes ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other High Contracting Party accepting the same obligation, the competence of the International Fact-Finding Commission to enquire into allegation by such other Party, as authorized by Article 90 of Protocol I.

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