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Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. Geneva, 27 July 1929.
Part III : Captivity #Section IV : Relations of prisoners of war with the exterior - Art. 38.
Art. 38. Letters and remittances of money or valuables, as well as postal parcels addressed to prisoners of war, or despatched by them, either directly or through the intermediary of the information bureaux mentioned in Article 77
, shall be exempt from all postal charges in the countries of origin and destination and in the countries through which they pass.
Presents and relief in kind intended for prisoners of war shall also be exempt from all import or other duties, as well as any charges for carriage on railways operated by the State.
Prisoners may, in cases of recognized urgency, be authorized to send telegrams on payment of the usual charges.