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Convention (III) relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.
Use of weapons
The use of weapons against prisoners of war, especially against those who are escaping or attempting to escape, shall constitute an extreme measure, which shall always be preceded by warnings appropriate to the circumstances.
Commentary of 1960