Story: International law

New Zealand POWs with Red Cross parcels

New Zealand POWs with Red Cross parcels

New Zealand prisoners of war (POWs) open Red Cross parcels at Stalag 383, Hohenfels, Bavaria, during the Second World War. The Geneva Conventions laid down minimum conditions under which POWs could be held, which included their right to receive Red Cross food parcels from their home countries. Inspectors from the International Red Cross were guaranteed access to prison camps. Like many international agreements, the Geneva Conventions expressed ideals that were not always upheld by signatory countries.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (DA-01514)
Reference: DA-03705-F
Photograph by R. H. Blanchard

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

K. J. Keith, 'International law - International law on human rights and conflict', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 January 2021)

Story by K. J. Keith, published 20 Jun 2012