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Annex I (to Protocol Additional I to the Geneva Conventions of 1949) : Regulations concerning identification, 6 June 1977
Identity card for permanent civilian medical and religious personnel
-- Identity card for permanent civilian medical and religious personnel
1. The identity card for permanent civilian medical and religious personnel referred to in Article 18, paragraph 3
, of the Protocol should:
(a) bear the distinctive emblem and be of such size that it can be carried in the pocket;
(b) be as durable as practicable;
(c) be worded in the national or official language (and may in addition be worded in other languages);
(d) mention the name, the date of birth (or, if that date is not available, the age at the time of issue) and the identity number, if any, of the holder;
(e) state in what capacity the holder is entitled to the protection of the Conventions and of the Protocol;
(f) bear the photograph of the holder as well as his signature or his thumbprint, or both;
(g) bear the stamp and signature of the competent authority;
(h) state the date of issue and date of expiry of the card.
2. The identity card shall be uniform throughout the territory of each High Contracting Party and, as far as possible, of the same type for all Parties to the conflict. The Parties to the conflict may be guided by the single-language model shown in Figure 1. At the outbreak of hostilities, they shall transmit to each other a specimen of the model they are using, if such model differs from that shown in Figure 1. The identity card shall be made out, if possible, in duplicate, one copy being kept by the issuing authority, which should maintain control of the cards which it has issued.
3. In no circumstances may permanent civilian medical and religious personnel be deprived of their identity cards. In the event of the loss of a card, they shall be entitled to obtain a duplicate copy.
Model of identity card (format: 74 mm x 105 mm)
Commentary of 1987