Practice Relating to Rule 117. Accounting for Missing Persons
Section A. Search for missing persons
The Military Manual (1993) of the Netherlands provides: “As soon as circumstances permit, and at the latest from the end of active hostilities, each Party to the conflict shall search for the persons who have been reported missing by an adverse Party.”
The Military Manual (2005) of the Netherlands states:
As soon as circumstances permit, but in any case immediately after the cessation of hostilities, each party to a conflict must seek the persons listed by the other party as missing.
In 1988, in a report on Measures of Implementation of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 Additional Protocols, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands stated that “the National Information Bureau has a plan for the organization of searches” with regard to missing persons.