Practice Relating to Rule 25. Medical Personnel
During the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait in 1990, Kuwait stated in a letter to the UN Secretary-General: “On the pretext that the staff had been lax in attending to the injured Iraqis, a number of the hospital staff were arrested, tortured and then executed.” These acts were described as violations of “the most basic of human rights” and of the 1949 Geneva Convention IV.
At the International Conference for the Protection of War Victims in 1993, Kuwait stated: “Persons committing acts against [medical personnel] must be considered as war criminals.”
According to the Report on the Practice of Kuwait, attacks against medical personnel are an offence under Kuwaiti law.
The Report on the Practice of Kuwait states that medical personnel are authorized to defend themselves.