Geneva Conventions Act 1957

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Geneva Conventions Act 1957
Act of Parliament
Long title An Act to enable effect to be given to certain international conventions done at Geneva on the twelfth day of August, nineteen hundred and forty-nine, and for purposes connected therewith.
Citation 5 & 6 Eliz 2 c 52
Territorial extent UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, any colony
Royal assent 31 July 1957
Other legislation
Amended by
Status: Current legislation
Records of Parliamentary debate relating to the statute from
Text of the Geneva Conventions Act 1957 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from

The Geneva Conventions Act 1957 is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom that incorporates the provisions of the Geneva Convention into British law.

One aspect of the Geneva Conventions Act is that it makes wearing the Red Cross symbol illegal in many circumstances, sometimes with curious consequences. In 2011, a British pantomime costume had to be changed in order to comply with the Geneva Conventions Act.[1]

Its provisions were later amended by the Geneva Conventions (Amendment) Act 1995 and Geneva Conventions and United Nations Personnel (Protocols) Act 2009.

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  1. ^ Daniella Graham (7 January 2011). "Jim Davidson's pantomime breaks Geneva Convention". Metro. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 

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