The 4th Geneva Convention covers this mess.
Article 1 ... Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors
de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded
on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.
Article 4... Persons protected by the Convention are those who, at a given moment and in any manner whatsoever, find themselves, in case of a conflict
or occupation, in the hands of a Party to the conflict or Occupying Power of which they are not nationals.
Article 35... All protected persons who may desire to leave the territory at the outset of, or during a conflict, shall be entitled to do so, unless
their departure is contrary to the national interests of the State. The applications of such persons to leave shall be decided in accordance with
regularly established procedures and the decision shall be taken as rapidly as possible. Those persons permitted to leave may provide themselves with
the necessary funds for their journey and take with them a reasonable amount of their effects and articles of personal use.
In applying the provisions of Article 39, second paragraph, to the cases of persons required to leave their usual places of residence by virtue of a
decision placing them in assigned residence elsewhere, the Detaining Power shall be guided as closely as possible by the standards of welfare set
forth in Part III, Section IV of this Convention.
Art. 49. Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying
Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.
Art. 53. Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the
State, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely
necessary by military operations.
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
Art. 57. The Occupying Power may requisition civilian hospitals of hospitals only temporarily and only in cases of urgent necessity for the care of
military wounded and sick, and then on condition that suitable arrangements are made in due time for the care and treatment of the patients and for
the needs of the civilian population for hospital accommodation.
The material and stores of civilian hospitals cannot be requisitioned so long as they are necessary for the needs of the civilian population.
159 Articles and 3 annexes....and I see US violations already regarding Iraq War detainees
Un freakin believeable
Correct me if I'm reading/interpreting this wrong, but, according to the way article 4 is worded, do I actually have to renounce my citizenship as an
American National to be afforded Geneva Convention rights when my own country attacks me? Damn
Lawyer? Lixical analysis geek? ex POW? Anybody?