Practice Relating to Rule 114. Return of the Remains and Personal Effects of the Dead
Belgium’s Specific Procedure on the Prisoners of War Information Bureau (2007) provides: “If the remains of enemy combatants are situated in a territory under the control of Belgian armed forces, the PWIB [Prisoners of War Information Bureau] shall … be informed as soon as possible.”
Belgium’s Specific Procedure on the Prisoners of War Information Bureau (2007) states that the tasks of the PWIB (Prisoners of War Information Bureau) include: “collecting and transmitting all personal valuables, including money and documents useful to the next of kin, left by the prisoners of war who have been repatriated, released, escaped or died”.
The Specific Procedure further provides:
a. The PWIB shall furthermore be charged with collecting and forwarding to the States concerned all personal valuables, including sums of money and documents of importance to the next of kin, left by prisoners of war who have … died.
h. Likewise, the PWIB is to follow an identical procedure to remit to the family of a Belgian PW [prisoner of war] who … has … died, all valuables that the latter has left and that the CTA [Central Tracing Agency] or any other body has returned, except for strictly military articles. These shall be forwarded to the unit of the individual concerned, which should then return them to the family if the said articles prove to be of a personal nature.