Practice Relating to Rule 36. Demilitarized Zones
Hungary’s Military Manual (1992) states that the establishment of a demilitarized zone requires that there are “no combatants; no mobile weapons; no mobile military equipment; no hostile acts; no activity linked to the military effort”.
Hungary’s Military Manual (1992) states: “Commanders shall issue orders and/or instructions to regulate behaviour in the vicinity of protected zones.”
The manual further states that such zones “shall be respected and be taken over without combat”.
Under Hungary’s Criminal Code (1978), as amended in 1998, “a military commander who, in violation of the rules of international law concerning warfare, … takes offensive against … a weapon-free zone” commits a war crime.