Related Rule
Azerbaijan
Practice Relating to Rule 1. The Principle of Distinction between Civilians and Combatants
Azerbaijan’s Law concerning the Protection of Civilian Persons and the Rights of Prisoners of War (1995) provides that, in international and non-international armed conflicts, attacks against civilians are prohibited. 
Azerbaijan, Law concerning the Protection of Civilian Persons and the Rights of Prisoners of War, 1995, Article 15.
Azerbaijan’s Criminal Code (1999) provides that “directing attacks against the civilian population or against individual civilians who do not take part in hostilities” constitutes a war crime in international and non-international armed conflicts. 
Azerbaijan, Criminal Code, 1999, Article 116(10).
In 1993, the Ministry of the Interior of Azerbaijan ordered that troops “in zones of combat, during military operations … must not shoot at children, women and elderly without defence”. 
Azerbaijan, Ministry of the Interior, Command of the Troops of the Interior, Order No. 42, Baku, 9 January 1993, § 4.