More on the Iranian Seizure of the British Sailors and Marines
Mar-29-07 09:19 am
The British Royal Navy released this map on the location of the British sailors and marines. It was reprinted in today's New York Times.
It thus seems by Iran's own admission-- at least initially-- that the British sailors and marines were with in Iraqi territorial waters.
It also seems that Iran has now violated the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. Showing a video on Iranian television of the prisoners seems to violate Article 13 of the Convention, which provides:
prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity.
Al Alam, via Associated Press
It also appears that one person was forced to make a statement admitting to a violation of Iranian waters. The Times explains:
Leading Seaman Faye Turney
If Seaman Turney had been coerced to make this statement, that action would violate Article 17 of the Geneva Convention, which provides:
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