Practice Relating to Rule 142. Instruction in International Humanitarian Law within Armed Forces
According to the Report on the Practice of Malaysia, no national legislation imposes a duty on the Malaysian authorities to teach IHL to every member of the security forces. However, the report, referring to an interview with the Ministry of Home Affairs, states that efforts have been made by the armed forces to disseminate knowledge of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, that the armed forces organize courses on the law of armed conflict to train “selected members of the Armed Forces to enable these members to brief or give lectures to other members of the Armed Forces” and that selected members of the armed forces are sent to attend courses in IHL in international institutions such as the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo. The report further states that some dissemination activities are also carried out by the Malaysian National Red Crescent Society and that Malaysian officers of the armed forces sent on peacekeeping operations are taught the principles of the 1949 Geneva Conventions at a Malaysian Armed Forces Peacekeeping Centre.