Practice Relating to Rule 87. Humane Treatment
Section D. Persons deprived of their liberty
Belgium’s Law of War Manual (1983) provides:
POWs [prisoners of war] shall be treated at all times with humanity. Any unlawful act or omission by the Detaining Power causing death or seriously endangering the health of a prisoner of war in its custody is prohibited and will be regarded as a serious breach of the [1949 Geneva Convention III]. POWs shall at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity.
Belgium’s Teaching Manual for Soldiers provides: “Prisoners of war must be treated humanely and protected.”