Practice Relating to Rule 87
Burundi’s Regulations on International Humanitarian Law (2007) states: “Treat humanely all enemies who are in your hands.”
The Regulations further states:
Persons hors de combat
and those who do not directly participate in hostilities are entitled to respect for their lives and their physical and psychological integrity. These persons must in all circumstances be protected and treated with humanity.
The Regulations also states: “The following acts constitute grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions and their [Additional] Protocols: … intentionally causing great suffering or inflicting serious injury to body or health; … inhuman or degrading treatment which gives rise to outrages upon personal dignity”.
In 2005, in its initial report to the Committee against Torture, Burundi stated that, according to its Armed Forces Regulations No. 11, members of the armed forces have a duty to “[a]ct in accordance with the principles of public international law, including by treating … defenceless persons with humanity”.