HC Deb 10 March 1915 vol 70 c1382

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any communications have been made to neutral Governments officially calling their attention to such violations of international law by the Germans as the murder of hostages and prisoners of war, the looting of private property, the enslavement of non-combatants, and the levying of indemnities in territory occupied by their troops?


His Majesty's Government made an official communication to neutral Governments when they announced on 31st October last their policy respecting the arrest of enemy reservists on neutral ships. This announcement, in which reference was made to the action of the Germans in carrying off able-bodied male civilians from the parts of France and Belgium occupied by them, was communicated to the Governments of neutral maritime States represented in London. The French and Belgium Governments have, I believe, communicated the results of their official inquiries to neutral Governments.