Central African Republic
Practice Relating to Rule 142. Instruction in International Humanitarian Law within Armed Forces
Section B. Obligation of commanders to instruct the armed forces under their command
The Central African Republic’s Instructor’s Manual (1999) states in Volume 2 (Instruction for group and patrol leaders):
Each military commander is responsible for respect for the law of war within his sphere of command. Within his unit, he is in particular responsible for the instruction of the law of war in order to induce his troops to adopt a behaviour in conformity with the law and above all vis-à-vis specifically protected persons and objects.
II. RESPONSIBILITY OF INDIVIDUAL SOLDIERS
The law of war is about order and discipline. It must therefore be respected and applied under all circumstances.
Every military commander must therefore take all measures necessary to ensure that:
- his subordinates are familiar with their obligations under the law of war and respect them;
- measures to prevent violations of the law of war are disseminated.
III. INSTRUCTION IN THE LAW OF WAR
Every military commander is fully responsible for ensuring that the law of war is appropriately taught within his sphere of authority. This is an essential part of a military commander’s activity.