John McGinness


On August 12, 1949 plenipotentiaries of sixty-one nations of the world, including the United States and the Soviets, concluded a Convention at Geneva which revised the Geneva Convention of July 27, 1929 relative to the treatment of prisoners of war. Many of these revisions are based upon the experiences of World War II. Although neither the United States nor the Soviets have ratified this Convention, the United States Forces in Korea have been, and are, under instructions to observe their provisions at all times. This Convention appears to be a positive step forward in the clarification of international law as the the rights of prisoners of war, and the duties of detaining powers to them, because never before have such rights and duties been so comprehensively stated, so detailed and secific.