Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Practice Relating to Rule 142. Instruction in International Humanitarian Law within Armed Forces
At the 27th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in 1999, the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, jointly with the Lao Red Cross Society, pledged “to conduct National workshop/seminars in giving orientation/dissemination on International Humanitarian Law”.
In 2009, in its second periodic report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) stated:
The Lao PDR is a signatory to the four Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, as well as the  Additional Protocols to the Conventions and has, in practice, always complied with the provisions of those instruments, particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Protocol I relating to the Protection of Victims of International Conflicts and Protocol II relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Conflicts. In past years, representatives of the Ministry of National Defence have, on several occasions, attended seminars on international humanitarian law organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in San Remo, Italy; ICRC representatives have also come and organized similar seminars at the Ministry of National Defence in Vientiane.