LAW 549. Treatment of Prisoners of War, Captured Persons and Detainees. Outline. Historical development of the law Sources of Law Status Who is a PW? Who is a captured person? Who is a detained person? Rights and Privileges of PW Standard of Treatment. The Law. Geneva Convention III
Prisoners of War, Captured Persons and Detainees
“Status” is a legal term of art
GCIII art 33
On August 19, 1942 at Dieppe, France, Captain Foote coolly and calmly during the eight hours of the battle walked about collecting the wounded. His gallant actions saved many lives and inspired those around him by his example.
At the end of this gruelling time he climbed from the landing craft that was to have taken him to safety and deliberately walked into the German position in order to be taken prisoner so that he could be of help to those men .
Persons who take part in hostilities and fall into the
power of an adverse Party shall be presumed to be a
GC III, Article 5
German PW in Espanola, Ontario
PW shall be evacuated as soon as possible after their capture to camps situated far enough from the combat zone to be out of danger
Flt Lt John Peters
Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader
PW shall be released and repatriated without delay after the cessation of active hostilities.
Does not necessarily apply to Captured Persons