Practice Relating to Rule 134. Women
Section B. Particular care for pregnant women and nursing mothers
Australia’s Commanders’ Guide (1994) provides that the terms “wounded” and “sick” “also cover maternity cases … and expectant mothers”.
Australia’s Defence Force Manual (1994) provides specific rules “for the protection from the effects of war of … expectant mothers and mothers of children under seven years”.
Australia’s LOAC Manual (2006) states:
The opposing parties are required to try and conclude local agreements for the removal from besieged or encircled areas of … maternity cases … Similar considerations are made for the passage of consignments of medical and hospital stores and objects … and of essential foodstuffs, clothing and tonics intended for … expectant mothers and maternity cases.
The manual also provides specific rules with respect to hospital and safety zones “for the protection from the effects of war of … expectant mothers and mothers of children under seven years”.
The LOAC Manual (2006) replaces both the Defence Force Manual (1994) and the Commanders’ Guide (1994).