Practice Relating to Rule 12. Definition of Indiscriminate Attacks
Colombia’s Operational Law Manual (2009) states: “Rules of engagement for land combat … 3. Weapons shall be used in a targeted way and not indiscriminately[.]”
The manual also states: “Indiscriminate attacks are those that are not directed against a military objective or specific legitimate target.”
The Report on the Practice of Colombia notes that the government describes direct attacks on civilians as indiscriminate attacks. Reports describing the aerial shelling of houses in a conflict zone and bombardments that directly and exclusively affect the civilian population forcing it to move are provided as examples of indiscriminate attacks.