It was later expanded to cover the treatment of prisoners of war.
Autobots creating new weapons possibly in conflict with the Accord, or who have been accused to violating other tenants of it, must go before the Ethics Committee.
The Tyrest Accord was brokered early in the war as a result of Tyrest's attempts at organizing peace talks between Optimus Prime and Megatron. While the peace talks failed, the Accord –- which, among other things, banned the export of Cybertronian technology to other races –- was a success and led to Tyrest being declared Chief Justice. Article Three prevented the provision of material Cybertronian technology to alien species and Cybertronians providing services to organic races.
The Tyrest Accord was detailed in an appendix of the Autobot Code. Paragraph four of subsection 80 of section 19, or 19 (80) 4, was added to the Accord in anticipation of "thought warfare", a type of warfare that never came to be.
Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria. To this end, the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:
- violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;
- taking of hostages;
- outrages upon dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment; and
- the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court, affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.
- The wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for.
Not all violations of the treaty are treated equally. The most serious crimes are termed grave breaches and provide a legal definition of a war crime. Grave breaches of the Tyrest Accord include the following acts if committed against a person protected by the convention:
- willful killing, torture or inhumane treatment, including biological experiments
- willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health
- compelling a protected person to serve in the armed forces of a hostile power
- willfully depriving a protected person of the right to a fair trial if accused of a war crime.
Also considered grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention are the following:
- taking of hostages
- extensive destruction and appropriation of property not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly
- unlawful deportation, transfer, or confinement.
Nations who are party to these treaties must enact and enforce legislation penalizing any of these crimes. Nations are also obligated to search for persons alleged to commit these crimes, or persons having ordered them to be committed, and to bring them to trial regardless of their nationality and regardless of the place where the crimes took place.
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