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FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUR GENEVA CONVENTIONS OF 1949

Mr Williams (Attorney-General), pursuant to notice, moved—That the House:

(1) notes the fiftieth anniversary of the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949;

(2) congratulates the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on its continuous fostering of the principles of international humanitarian law to limit human suffering in times of armed conflict and to prevent atrocities, especially against civilian populations, the wounded, and prisoners of war;

(3) recalls Australia[quot ]s ratification of the Conventions and of the two Additional Protocols of 1977;

(4) affirms all Parliamentary measures taken in support of such ratification;

(5) encourages the fullest implementation of the Conventions and Additional Protocols by the military forces and civilian organisations of all nations;

(6) encourages ratification by all nations of the Conventions and Additional Protocols; and

(7) recognises the extraordinary contribution made by many individual Australians, including Australian Red Cross members, volunteers and staff, to the practical carrying into effect of the humanitarian ideals and legal principles expressed in the Conventions and Additional Protocols.

Debate ensued.

Question—put and passed.