Geneva Conventions: Opinions Wanted

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Sir Nicholas Young

On 12 August the Geneva Conventions will turn 60 years old. The Geneva Conventions are a set of rules designed to protect victims of war. Since their inception, the conventions have been ratified by all 194 countries in the world.

On this anniversary, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Red Cross want to hear your views on the challenges to the conventions in the next 60 years. In this era of increased transparency and value on mass collaboration, why not have your opinions heard?

>>Share your thoughts on the Geneva Conventions

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