Practice Relating to Rule 25. Medical Personnel
Section A. Respect for and protection of medical personnel
Venezuela’s Code of Military Justice (1998), as amended, prohibits attacks on Red Cross and medical personnel and provides for the punishment of “those who carry out serious attacks against members of … medical services, be they enemy or neutral”.
In 1993, during a debate in the UN Security Council on the situation in the former Yugoslavia, Venezuela stated that those who had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, including “attacks upon … medical personnel”, had to be brought to justice.