Central African Republic
Practice Relating to Rule 27. Religious Personnel
The Central African Republic’s Instructor’s Manual (1999) states in Volume 1 (Basic and team leader instruction):
[M]ilitary religious personnel [and] civilian religious personnel … enjoy special protection. They are identified as follows:
- … by either a red cross on a white ground
- or a red crescent on a white ground.
In Volume 2 (Instruction for group and patrol leaders), the manual states:
Specially protected personnel [including military and civilian religious personnel, as identified in Volume 1 of this manual] are authorized to carry out their tasks unless the tactical situation does not allow it. The mission and actual activities of such personnel may be checked.
The Central African Republic’s Law on the Red Cross Emblem (2009) states:
The persons, units and logistical means mentioned hereafter may use the Emblem or be designated by it:
- under the supervision of the national Ministry of Defence, … in times of peace or of armed conflict, … religious … personnel attached to the armed forces. Religious … personnel must wear an armband or a number and an identity card with the Emblem, which are provided by the National President of the Central African Red Cross;
- with the explicit authorization of the Ministry of Public Health and the National President of the Central African Red Cross and under their supervision, in times of peace and in times of war, … civilian religious personnel attached to … hospitals and medical units may be recognized in the same manner. Civilian religious … personnel must wear an armband and an identity card with the Emblem, which are provided by the National President of the Central African Red Cross.