Practice Relating to Rule 142. Instruction in International Humanitarian Law within Armed Forces
Burundi’s Constitution (2005) provides: “The members of the defence corps and the security corps at all levels [of the military hierarchy] are to be trained in international humanitarian law”.
In 2008, at the opening of the Seminar on Human Rights and IHL for the High Command of the National Defence Force, a spokesperson for Burundi’s Ministry of National Defence and Former Combatants stated:
[T]he command of the FDN [National Defence Force], aware of the importance of its mission, has just implemented regulations for the teaching of international humanitarian law (IHL) to all servicemen … , together with the BINUB [United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi].
… Thus, by accepting to strengthen the dissemination of IHL and human rights within the FDN, the command shows its irreversible determination to break with those completely outdated backward practices which are not concerned with the respect for the human person.