Prisoner of war

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PRISONER OF WAR. One who has been captured while fighting under the banner of some state. He is a prisoner, although never confined in a prison.
     2. In modern times, prisoners are treated with more humanity than formerly; the individual captor has now no personal right to his prisoner. Prisoners are under the superintendence of the government, and they are now frequently exchanged. Vide 1 Kent, Com. 14.
     3. It is a general rule, that a prisoner is out of the protection of the laws of the state, so for, that he can have no civil remedy under them, and he can, therefore, maintain no action. But his person is protected against all unlawful acts. Bac. Ab. Abatement, b. 3; Bac. Ab. Aliens, D.

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Earlier, on 20 August, ICRC delegates had visited an Armenian prisoner of war interned in Azerbaijan since 8 August.
He had been in the Hitler Youth, conscripted into the German Army and found himself a prisoner of war.
She added: "Esa Barot has spoken to me and asked me to mention prisoner of war status.
Havers, Reassessing the Japanese prisoner of war experience: the Changi POW camp, Singapore, 1942-5 (London; New York: Routledge Curzon, 2003); Michael McKernan, This war never ends--the pain of separation and return (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 2001).
1 -- color) A Japanese prisoner of war for 3 1/2 years during World War II, Jim Hildreth, now 86 and a Lancaster resident, is still grateful that he survived got home to America.
Then followed five years as prisoner of war, hard labour, malnutrition and a forced 1, 000- mile march but my father survived and was liberated by the Americans in 1945.
Despite that determination, US Secretary of State Colin Powell told CBS Television: "I don't know that he has been formally declared a prisoner of war.
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The question of the authenticity of his story of capture and escape, published in his best-selling book in October 2002, arose when his name could not be located on the prisoner of war camp records.
Other reports of the February 7 announcement ascribe the decision to deny prisoner of war status to the A1-Qaeda prisoners to their failure to meet the criteria for such status enunciated in the Geneva Conventions.
High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson reminded Americans that international legal obligations are to be respected and that any dispute about the detainees' entitlement to prisoner of war status must be decided by a competent tribunal in accordance with the provisions of Article 5 of the Third Geneva Convention.
He added: "Any captured combatant has the presumption to be a prisoner of war," with all the protections that implies, at least until a competent court can decide on the matter.

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