Practice Relating to Rule 110. Treatment and Care of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked
Uruguay’s Military Penal Code (1943), as amended, provides for the punishment of the soldier who “fails to assist a surrendered enemy in cases of shipwreck, fire, explosion, earthquake or similar accidents”. It also punishes the soldier who does not assist, when possible, his own comrades in distress.
In 1975, the Government of Uruguay informed the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights that a prisoner who was shot and seriously injured during an escape attempt was immediately given first aid and brought to a military hospital for surgery.