Practice Relating to Rule 111. Protection of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked against Pillage and Ill-Treatment
Guinea’s Disciplinary Regulations (2012) states:
Article 12: Duties and responsibilities of military personnel in combat
a) In accordance with the international agreements signed by the government of Guinea, military personnel in combat are required:
- to collect, protect and care for the wounded, sick and shipwrecked, to the extent permitted by the circumstances;
b) Military personnel in combat are prohibited from:
- despoiling the dead and the wounded;
- [committing] violence to life and person of the sick, wounded and shipwrecked … in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment, torture and torment.
Guinea’s Criminal Code (1998) provides that “whoever, in an area of military operation, plunders a wounded, sick [or] shipwrecked person” commits a punishable offence.
Guinea’s Code of Military Justice (2011) states:
Any person who despoils a wounded[,] sick [or] shipwrecked person in an area of military operations … shall be punished with 1 to 5 years’ imprisonment.
If the acts were accompanied by violence that has worsened the state of the wounded, shipwrecked or sick person, the sentence of imprisonment is 5 to 20 years.