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    Not all violations of the treaty are treated equally. The most serious crimes are termed grave breaches, and provide a legal definition of a war crime. Grave breaches of the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions include the following acts if committed against a person protected by the convention:

       * willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, including biological experiments
       * willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health
       * compelling one to serve in the forces of a hostile power
       * willfully depriving one of the right to a fair trial

    Also considered grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention are the following:

       * taking of hostages
       * extensive destruction and appropriation of property not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly
       * unlawful deportation, transfer, or confinement.[10]

    Satyagraha ~ there is no force in the world that is so direct or so swift in working.

    by under the bodhi tree on Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 07:40:38 PM PDT

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