In the case of occupation of a territory, the hospital and safety
zones therein shall continue to be respected and utilized as such.
Their purpose may, however, be modified by the Occupying
Power, on condition that all measures are taken to ensure the safety
of the persons accommodated.
The present agreement shall also apply to localities which the Powers
may utilize for the same purposes as hospital and safety zones.
Draft Regulations concerning Collective Relief
The Internee Committees shall be allowed to distribute collective
relief shipments for which they are responsible to all internees
who are dependent for administration on the said Committee's place
of internment, including those internees who are in hospitals, or
in prison or other penitentiary establishments.
The distribution of collective relief shipments shall be effected
in accordance with the instructions of the donors and with a plan
drawn up by the Internee Committees. The issue of medical stores
shall, however, be made for preference in agreement with the senior
medical officers, and the latter may, in hospitals and infirmaries,
waive the said instructions, if the needs of their patients so demand.
Within the limits thus defined, the distribution shall always be
carried out equitably.
Members of Internee Committees shall be allowed to go to the railway
stations or other points of arrival of relief supplies near their
places of internment so as to enable them to verify the quantity
as well as the quality of the goods received and to make out detailed
reports thereon for the donors.
Internee Committees shall be given the facilities necessary for
verifying whether the distribution of collective relief in all subdivisions
and annexes of their places of internment has been carried out in
accordance with their instructions.
Internee Committees shall be allowed to complete, and to cause to
be completed by members of the Internee Committees in labour detachments
or by the senior medical officers of infirmaries and hospitals,
forms or questionnaires intended for the donors, relating to collective
relief supplies (distribution, requirements, quantities, etc.).
Such forms and questionnaires, duly completed, shall be forwarded
to the donors without delay.
In order to secure the regular distribution of collective relief
supplies to the internees in their place of internment, and to meet
any needs that may arise through the arrival of fresh parties of
internees, the Internee Committees shall be allowed to create and
maintain sufficient reserve stocks of collective relief. For this
purpose, they shall have suitable warehouses at their disposal;
each warehouse shall be provided with two locks, the Internee Committee
holding the keys of one lock, and the commandant of the place of
internment the keys of the other.
The High Contracting Parties, and the Detaining Powers in particular,
shall, so far as is in any way possible and subject to the regulations
governing the food supply of the population, authorize purchases
of goods to be made in their territories for the distribution of
collective relief to the internees. They shall likewise facilitate
the transfer of funds and other financial measures of a technical
or administrative nature taken for the purpose of making such purchases.
The foregoing provisions shall not constitute an obstacle to the
right of internees to receive collective relief before their arrival
in a place of internment or in the course of their transfer, nor
to the possibility of representatives of the Protecting Power, or
of the International Committee of the Red Cross or any other humanitarian
organization giving assistance to internees and responsible for
forwarding such supplies, ensuring the distribution thereof to the
recipients by any other means they may deem suitable.