Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Geneva Convention
The Geneva Convention, established in 1949, is a set of rules that applies to prisoners of war and how they are treated by the U.S government. This convention includes the forbidding of “cruel treatment”, “humiliating and degrading treatment”, and torture. But, some of these prisoners of war are held in countries outside of the United States; this raises the question in regards to if these detainees should receive the same rights that a U.S citizen would receive. Mora brings up the argument in which there should be no difference in in the way U.S Citizens and noncitizens are treated. My friend and I agree; if the United States is a place in which life, liberty, and pursuit is glorified, why should there be a difference in the way people are treated based on their citizenship status. Also, according to my friend and me, the standards of the Geneva Convention should be applied to each and every prisoner of war regardless of their citizenship status. But, torture is still done to these prisoners of war. However, these methods of torture haven’t and most likely won’t get the detainee to release any information. Due to this, my friend and I believe that it would be most beneficial to find alternative methods in trying to gain information from the prisoners of war.