Practice Relating to Rule 146. Reprisals against Protected Persons
Section A. Captured combatants and prisoners of war
Germany’s Soldiers’ Manual (1991) states: “Reprisals against prisoners of war are forbidden.”
Germany’s Military Manual (1992), referring to Article 13 of the 1949 Geneva Convention III, provides: “It is expressly prohibited by agreement to make reprisals against: … prisoners of war (Art. 13 para 3 [of the 1949 Geneva Convention III])”.
In the part dealing with the protection of prisoners of war, and under a provision entitled “Fundamental rules for the treatment of prisoners of war”, the manual refers to Article 13 of the 1949 Geneva Convention III and provides: “Reprisals against prisoners of war are prohibited.”
Germany’s IHL Manual (1996) provides: “Reprisals are expressly prohibited against … prisoners of war”.
Germany’s Soldiers’ Manual (2006) states: “Reprisals against prisoners of war are prohibited.”