Central African Republic
Practice Relating to Rule 139. Respect for International Humanitarian Law
The Central African Republic’s Instructor’s Manual (1999) states in Volume 1 (Basic and team leader instruction): “Even though killing the enemy is their duty, combatants are obliged at all times to respect, and ensure respect for, the laws and customs of war, also known as the law of war.”
The Central African Republic’s Interdepartmental Order on the Dissemination of IHL (2008) states:
Art. 1: A Committee for the Dissemination of International Humanitarian Law to the Defence and Security Forces is created.
Art. 2: The committee is responsible for the coordination and the efficiency of International Humanitarian Law activities within the Defence and Security Forces.
In this respect, it is responsible for:
- Defining the standard norms for the rules of engagement [and for the] structure of orders within the Defence and Security Forces during their respective missions;
- Creating International Humanitarian Law cells in the units and services of the Defence and Security Forces present in territorial communities;
- Ensuring the application of International Humanitarian Law at the strategic, tactical and operational levels during the conduct of operations.