Hague Convention on Hospital Ships

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The Hague Convention on Hospital Ships is a 1904 multilateral treaty that supplemented the 1899 Hague Convention for the adaptation to Maritime Warfare of the Principles of the Geneva Convention. The convention established that during times of war, hospital ships would be exempted from dues and taxes imposed on vessels in the ports of the states that ratify the treaty. It is the one treaty on the laws of war that was concluded between the two conferences at The Hague in 1899 and 1907.

Entry into force and parties[edit]

The Hague Convention on Hospital Ships was concluded on 21 December 1904 and entered into force on 26 March 1907. It was signed by 26 states and as of 2014 it is in force for 30 states. One state—Serbia—signed the treaty but has not ratified it. The convention remains in force for the states that ratified it.

State[1] Signature year Ratification year Notes
 Austria 1904 1907 Signed and ratified as  Austria-Hungary.
 Belgium 1904 1907
 China 1904 1907 Signed and ratified by the  Qing Dynasty government of China.
 Cuba 1965
 Free City of Danzig 1921 The ratification by the Free City of Danzig has no application to a current state.
 Denmark 1904 1907
 France 1904 1907 Signed and ratified by the government of the French Third Republic.
 Germany 1904 1907 Signed and ratified as the  German Empire.
 Greece 1904 1907 Signed and ratified as the  Kingdom of Greece.
 Guatemala 1906
 Hungary 1904 1907 Signed and ratified as  Austria-Hungary.
 Iran 1904 1908 Signed and ratified as "Persia" by the Iran Qajar dynasty government.
 Italy 1904 1907 Signed and ratified as the  Kingdom of Italy.
 Japan 1904 1907 Signed and ratified as the Empire of Japan.
 South Korea 1904 1907 Signed and ratified as the  Korean Empire.
 Luxembourg 1904 1907
 Mexico 1904 1907
 Montenegro 1904 1907 Signed and ratified as the  Principality of Montenegro.
 Netherlands 1904 1907
 Norway 1907
 Peru 1904 1907
 Poland 1921 Ratified by the government of the Second Polish Republic.
 Portugal 1904 1907 Signed and ratified as the  Kingdom of Portugal.
 Romania 1904 1907 Signed and ratified as the Kingdom of Romania.
 Russia 1904 1907 Signed and ratified as the Russian Empire.
 Serbia 1904 Signed as the  Kingdom of Serbia.
 Spain 1904 1907 Signed and ratified by the government of Spain under the Restoration.
 Sweden 1908
  Switzerland 1904 1907
 Thailand 1904 1907 Ratified as "Siam".
 Turkey 1932
 United States 1904 1907

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Unless otherwise specified, this is the current state for which the treaty in in force. If the ratifying state is different than the current state, this is noted in "Notes" column.

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