Practice Relating to Rule 119. Accommodation for Women Deprived of Their Liberty
Australia’s Defence Force Manual (1994) provides that the sex of female prisoners “must be taken into account in the allocation of labour and in the provision of sleeping and sanitary facilities”.
Australia’s LOAC Manual (2006) states:
Women arrested, detained or interned for reasons connected with the armed conflict must be kept in separate quarters from men and under the immediate supervision of women. In cases where families are detained or interned, they should, whenever possible, be held in the same place and accommodated “as family units”.
The manual also states:
Female prisoners [of war] must be treated with due regard to their sex and must in no case be treated less favourably than male prisoners. Their sex must also be taken into account in the allocation of labour and in the provision of sleeping and sanitary facilities.
The LOAC Manual (2006) replaces both the Defence Force Manual (1994) and the Commanders’ Guide (1994).