Prof. Glazier discusses treatment of POWs on Radio Free Europe

Professor David Glazier discussed with Radio Free Europe whether pro-Russian separatist treatment of Ukrainian prisoners, alleged to include parading and taunting, violated the Geneva Convention.


When pro-Russian separatists marched captured Ukrainian soldiers at bayonet-point through the streets of Donetsk over the weekend, the crowd jeered, cursed, and hurled refuse at the haggard prisoners.

It was a spectacle that shocked many, including human rights activists who called the procession a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions' rules on the treatment of prisoners of war (POWs). But whether the forced march constituted a war crime -- and whether it could be prosecuted as such -- is not so clear-cut, international law experts say.

This ambiguity lies largely in how the Ukraine conflict itself is classified, according to David Glazier, an international law expert at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

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