Practice Relating to Rule 88. Non-Discrimination
Section C. Wounded and sick
Burundi’s Regulations on International Humanitarian Law (2007) states with regard to “persons hors de combat
”: “These persons must in all circumstances be protected and treated humanely without any adverse distinction.”
The Regulations further states: “The primary mission of the medical personnel is to care without any distinction …”.
The Regulations also states: “Captured enemy medical personnel may not be considered as prisoners of war. They may nonetheless be retained for the sole purpose of caring for the wounded and sick without any distinction.”
The Regulations further provides:
The combatant who comes across a wounded person must not only spare him. He has also an obligation of active assistance. He is obliged, if operations permit, to search for and collect the wounded, to care for them and to evacuate them from areas of combat. In this respect, no difference may be made between friendly wounded and enemy wounded.