GENEVA CONVENTION. Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War: Occupier must supply life-sustaining requisites "To the fullest extent of the means available to it "

Dr Gideon Polya summary of the  carnage in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (of which what the Catholic Church has described as Israel's Gaza Concnetration Camp is the most deprived ans subject to sustained 3-year blockade) and  the Muslim World in general from violent deaths and non-violent excess deaths from deprivation due to the US Alliance (5 December 2009): “Obama is complicit in the ongoing Palestinian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide and Afghan Genocide, these atrocities being associated, so far, with post-invasion non-violent excess deaths of 0.3 million, 1.0 million and 3.2 million, respectively;  post-invasion violent deaths of 11,000, 1.3 million and 1.0 million, respectively (the latter figure assuming the conservative US adviser estimate that violence in Afghan War has been  4 times lower than in the Iraq War); post-invasion under-5 infant deaths of  0.2 million, 0.6 million and 2.3 million, respectively; and refugees totalling 7 million, 5-6 million and 3-4 million, respectively, with a further 2.5 million refugees from NW Pakistan generated under Obama war policies – a Palestinian Holocaust, Iraqi Holocaust and Afghan Holocaust and indeed a Palestinian Genocide, Iraqi Genocide and Afghan Genocide as defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention. 

Indeed the Iraqi Genocide (1990-2009) involves 4.2 million violent and non-violent excess deaths and 1.8 million under-5 infant deaths as compared to the Afghan Genocide (2001-2009) involving 4.2  million violent and non-violent excess deaths and 2.3 million under-5 infant deaths, with the carnage of non-violent avoidable deaths under occupation due to US Alliance refusal to supply life-sustaining food and medical supplies demanded unequivocally of an Occupier “to the fullest extent of the means available to it” by Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Indeed WHO informs us that the total annual per capita health expenditure permitted by the US Occupier in Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan total $124 and $29, respectively , as compared to $6,714 in the US.  [3].

The violent and non-violent avoidable deaths in both the Iraqi Genocide (4.2 million dead) and the Afghan Genocide (4.2 million dead) are of a similar magnitude to the death toll in the World War 2 Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million, dead, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation). 

Indeed the current "annual death rate" for Occupied Afghan under-5 year old infants under the US Alliance is 7% - as compared to that of 4% (for Poles under the Nazis in WW2), 5% (French Jews under the Nazis and the Nazi-collaborator Vichy régime in WW2), 13% (Australian POWs of the Japanese in WW2) and 19% (Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe)” (see Gideon Polya, “Peace Laureate Obama expands Afghan War. Obama lying by omission and commission”, MWC News, 5 December 2009 : http://mwcnews.net/content/view/34834/42/  ).

This US Empire carnage is due to UK, US, Australian, Coalition, Israeli and NATO violation of the Geneva Conventions which demand that Occupiers must do everything in their power to keep their Conquered subjects alive. Thus Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War  state:

“Article 55

To the fullest extent of the means available to it the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring the food and medical supplies of the population; it should, in particular, bring in the necessary foodstuffs, medical stores and other articles if the resources of the occupied territory are inadequate.

The Occupying Power may not requisition foodstuffs, articles or medical supplies available in the occupied territory, except for use by the occupation forces and administration personnel, and then only if the requirements of the civilian population have been taken into account. Subject to the provisions of other international Conventions, the Occupying Power shall make arrangements to ensure that fair value is paid for any requisitioned goods.

The Protecting Power shall, at any time, be at liberty to verify the state of the food and medical supplies in occupied territories, except where temporary restrictions are made necessary by imperative military requirements.

Article 56

To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring and maintaining, with the cooperation of national and local authorities, the medical and hospital establishments and services, public health and hygiene in the occupied territory, with particular reference to the adoption and application of the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics. Medical personnel of all categories shall be allowed to carry out their duties.

If new hospitals are set up in occupied territory and if the competent organs of the occupied State are not operating there, the occupying authorities shall, if necessary, grant them the recognition provided for in Article 18. In similar circumstances, the occupying authorities shall also grant recognition to hospital personnel and transport vehicles under the provisions of Articles 20 and 21.

In adopting measures of health and hygiene and in their implementation, the Occupying Power shall take into consideration the moral and ethical susceptibilities of the population of the occupied territory. “ [1].

[1]. Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War: http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/92.htm .

Comments