Related Rule
Practice Relating to Rule 145. Reprisals
Section A. Definition and purpose of reprisals
During discussions on reprisals in Committee I of the CDDH, Austria stated that the French proposal on a prohibition of reprisals “gave a good definition of what a reprisal was”, stating, however, that Austria “had great difficulty with the idea of introducing into humanitarian law a legal sanction of the law of war always regarded as incompatible with the very principle of humanity”. 
Austria, Statement at the CDDH, Official Records, Vol. IX, CDDH/I/SR.47, 29 April 1976, p. 78, § 52.