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Protocol (III) additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the adoption of an additional distinctive emblem

Canada

Declaration made upon accession:
"Article 6(2) provides inter alia that the High Contracting Parties may permit prior users of the third Protocol emblem, or of any sign constituting an imitation thereof, to continue such use, provided that «the rights to such use were acquired before the adoption of this Protocol». Given that Canadian legislation enacted to implement Protocol III does not have retroactive application and will enter into force on the date of Canada’s ratification of Protocol III, Canada will permit prior users of the third Protocol emblem, or of any sign constituting an imitation thereof, to continue such use, provided that the rights to such use were acquired before the date of Canada’s ratification of Protocol III"

Israel

Declaration made by the State of Israel:
"On 5 November 2008, the State of Israel deposited with the Swiss Federal Council the following declaration referring to the text contained in the instrument of ratification of the Protocol III deposited by the State of Israel on 22 November 2007:
"The Embassy of the State of Israel presents its compliments to the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and has the honor to refer to the declaration made by Israel upon ratification of the Third Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions. In response to questions raised in relation to this declaration, the State of Israel wishes to confirm that this declaration is not intended to enable Israel to derogate from any of the provisions of the Protocol. It also recognizes that under the terms of the Protocol, the Red Crystal, when used as a protective emblem, may not incorporate any additional emblems or combine them as part of the protective emblem."
Communication made by Switzerland
"In its capacity as depositary of the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols, the Swiss Federal Council has the honor to inform the States Parties that Switzerland, as a State Party, replied, on 7 November 2008, to the State of Israel concerning its declaration made on 5 November 2008 as follows:
"The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs presents its compliments to the Embassy of the State of Israel and acknowledges receipt of the Embassy’s note verbal dated 3.11.08 by which the Government of the State of Israel clarifies its declaration made at the ratification, on 22 November 2007, of the Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Adoption of an Additional Distinctive Emblem (Protocol III). The Federal Department thanks the Embassy for this note which makes it clear that the State of Israel respects the Protocol III in its entirety and will therefore solely use the Additional Emblem (Red Crystal) as the distinctive emblem in accordance with said Protocol."

Declaration made upon ratification:
"The Government of Israel declares that while respecting the inviolability of the additional distinctive emblem provided for in the "Protocol additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Adoption of an Additional Distinctive Emblem (Protocol III)", it is understanding of the Government of Israel that the ratification or the implementation of this protocol does not affect any rights acquired pursuant to reservations made by Israel to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949"

Netherlands

Declaration by the Kingdom of the Netherlands made upon ratification on 13 December 2006:
On 13 December 2006, the Kingdom of the Netherlands deposited with the Swiss Federal Council its instrument of ratification of the Protocol III and declared it applicable to the Kingdom in Europe, to the Netherlands Antilles and to Aruba.

Turkey

Declaration made upon signature:
"Regarding the "Protocol additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Adoption of an Additional Distinctive Emblem (Protocol III)" and taking into consideration the references to the 1977 Additional Protocols I and II thereof, the Republic of Turkey declares that it is not party to the Additional Protocols I and II"

 

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