Practice Relating to Rule 16. Target Verification
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (1992) requires that “those who plan or decide upon an attack do everything that is practically possible to verify that the targets to be attacked are military objectives”.
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (2006) states:
It must be emphasized that [a responsibility of] command regarding the law of armed conflict and international humanitarian law is to:
- ensure respect for the principle of discrimination …
… [T]hose who decide or prepare an attack must verify that the objectives to be attacked are military objectives and that the law of armed conflict and international humanitarian law do not prohibit such an attack.
Under the heading “Regulations regarding the Means and Methods of Attack”, the manual quotes Article 57(2)(a) of the 1977 Additional Protocol I concerning the verification of military objectives.