Practice Relating to Rule 88. Non-Discrimination
South Africa’s LOAC Teaching Manual (2008) states:
2.4 Specifically Protected Persons and Objects:
 Geneva Convention IV article 27 provides for general protective provisions. … Geneva Convention IV article 27 also provides for specific protective provisions, to wit:
- All protected persons shall be treated with the same consideration by the Party to a conflict in whose power they are, without any adverse distinction based, in particular, on race, religion, or political opinion. However, this provision does not prejudice any provisions relating to the state of health, age and sex of protected persons.
Protection of protected persons entails the following:
- All protected persons shall be treated equally without adverse distinction based on race, religion, or political opinion.
In 2012, in a statement before the UN Security Council during a meeting on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the deputy permanent representative of South Africa stated:
My delegation … shares the concerns of the [UN] Secretary-General with regard to the plight of migrant labourers, particularly those from sub-Saharan Africa recently caught in the conflict in Libya. Our delegation has consistently raised that concern in the context of the Libyan conflict. In that regard, we have consistently condemned all acts of killing, sexual violence, discrimination and arbitrary arrest perpetrated against migrant workers and their families.