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Implementation of the Geneva Conventions Act, No. 8 of 2012

Long title


To enact the Geneva Conventions and Protocols additional to those Conventions into law; to ensure prevention and punishment of grave breaches and other breaches of the Conventions and Protocols; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

Table of contents

SECTION TITLE

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1. Definitions
CHAPTER 1. OBJECTS OF ACT AND ENACTMENT OF CONVENTIONS INTO LAW
2. Objects of Act
3. Applicable law
4. Enactment of Conventions into law
CHAPTER 2. BREACHES OF CONVENTIONS
5. Breach of Conventions and penalties
6. Failure to prevent breaches of Conventions
CHAPTER 3. JURISDICTION AND STATUS
7. Jurisdiction
8. Determination of status
CHAPTER 4. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
9. Notice to protecting power
10. Legal representation
11. Appeals by protected prisoners of war and protected internees
12. Protected prisoners of war in custody
13. Reduction of sentence
CHAPTER 5. USE AND PROTECTION OF EMBLEMS
14. Protection of flags, emblems, designations, signs signals designs, wordings, identity cards, information cards, insignia and uniforms
15. Offences and penalties
16. Seizure of certain article or thing
17. Use of Red Cross by South African National Defence Force
18. International Committee of the Red Cross and International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
CHAPTER 6. GENERAL PROVISIONS
19. Regulations
20. Effect of Act on Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act, 2002
21. Short title and commencement
Sch. 1. SCHEDULE 1. GENEVA CONVENTION FOR THE AMELIORATION OF THE CONDITION OF THE WOUNDED AND SICK IN ARMED FORCES IN THE FIELD OF 12 AUGUST 1949 (FIRST CONVENTION) [consisting of-
- Article 1 to 64;
- Annex I "Draft agreement relating to Hospital Zones and Localities" consisting of Art. 1 - 13
- Annex II "____" containing ID Card Medical and religious personnel attached to armed forces]
Sch. 2. SCHEDULE 2. GENEVA CONVENTION FOR THE AMELIORATION OF THE CONDITION OF THE WOUNDED, SICK AND SHIPWRECKED MEMBERS OF ARMED FORCES AT SEA OF 12 AUGUST 1949 (SECOND CONVENTION) [consisting of-
- Article 1 to 63
- Annex I
"_____" ID Card Medical and religious personnel attached to armed forces at sea]
Sch. 3. SCHEDULE 3. GENEVA CONVENTION RELATIVE TO THE TREATMENT OF PRISONERS OF WAR OF 12 AUGUST 1949 (THIRD CONVENTION)  [consisting of-
- Article 1 to 143
- Annex I
"Model agreement concerning direct repatriation and accommodation in neutral countries of wounded and sick prisoners of war" iro Article 110
- Annex II "Regulations concerning mixed medical commissions" iro Article 112 consisting of Art. 1 - 14
- Annex III "Regulations concerning collective relief  iro Article 74 consisting of Art. 1 - 9)
- Annex IV "______" consisting of Identity Card iro Art. 4; Capture Card iro Art.70; Correspondence Card and Letter iro Art.71; Notificaton of death iro Art 120; Repatriation Certificate iro Annex II's Art.11)];
- Annex V "Model regulations concerning payments sent by prisoners to their own country iro Article 63]
Sch. 4. SCHEDULE 4. GENEVA CONVENTION RELATIVE TO THE PROTECTION OF CIVILIAN PERSONS IN TIME OF WAR OF 12 AUGUST 1949 (FOURTH CONVENTION) [consisting of-
- Article 1 to 159
- Annex I aft agreement relating to hospital and safety zones and localities" containing Art. 1 - 13
- Annex II "Draft regulations concerning collective relief"  containing Art 1 - 8;
- Annex III "____" containing Internment Card; Letter; Correspondence Card]

Sch. 5. SCHEDULE 5. PROTOCOL ADDITIONAL TO THE GENEVA CONVENTIONS OF 12 AUGUST 1949, AND RELATING TO THE PROTECTION OF VICTIMS OF INTERNATIONAL ARMED CONFLICTS (PROTOCOL I), OF 8 JUNE I977 [consisting of
- Preamble
- Articles 1 to 102
- Annex I "Regulations concerning identification" Art 1-17
- Annex II "Identity card for journalists on dangerous professional missions"] 
Sch. 6. SCHEDULE 6. PROTOCOL II. 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 [consisting of-
- Preamble
- Articles 1 to 29] 
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