Practice Relating to Rule 9. Definition of Civilian Objects
Mexico’s IHL Guidelines (2009) states: “A civilian object
is any object (a community, its facilities and personal property) which is not a military objective and which by its nature, location, purpose or use does not contribute to forming a military objective.”
At the CDDH, Mexico stated that it believed Article 47 of the draft Additional Protocol I (now Article 52) to be so essential that it “cannot be the subject of any reservations whatsoever since these would be inconsistent with the aim and purpose of Protocol I and undermine its basis”.