Practice Relating to Rule 109. Search for, Collection and Evacuation of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked
Cameroon’s Disciplinary Regulations (1975) states: “When operational circumstances permit, the wounded, sick and shipwrecked must be collected”.
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (1992) provides that the wounded and shipwrecked shall be searched for and collected.
The manual also states that evacuation of wounded and sick can take place during combat, after combat or during a cease-fire.
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (2006), under the heading “Rules for Conduct in Combat”, states: “Wounded enemy combatants: collect them.”
The manual also states: “In case of armed conflict, the protection of persons and objects must be the first permanent concern of commanders. Thus, the first act must be to search for the victims.”
The manual further states with regard to the wounded, sick and shipwrecked: “This category of victims … must, if possible, be evacuated as soon as possible via a medical military evacuation channel.”
Cameroon’s Disciplinary Regulations (2007) states: “Every soldier must: … collect, protect and care for the wounded, sick and shipwrecked as far as operational circumstances permit”.