Practice Relating to Rule 142. Instruction in International Humanitarian Law within Armed Forces
At the 27th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in 1999, Chile pledged to “maintain and develop the study of international humanitarian law as part of regular armed forces instruction”.
In 1999, training in IHL was provided to the Chilean armed forces as part of the curricula at military academies and other institutions.
According to the Report on the Practice of Chile, official correspondence was exchanged in the 1990s between Chile’s National Committee on Humanitarian Law, an interministerial committee established with the aim of studying and proposing measures for the concrete application of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 Additional Protocols, and the Ministry of National Defence reporting on the teaching of IHL within the armed forces.
In 2004, during the consideration of the third periodic report of Chile, a representative of Chile stated before the Committee against Torture:
Training on human rights and international humanitarian law in armed conflicts … [has] been introduced into military training at all levels, with a view in particular to inculcating the principle of accountability at all ranks of command. Human rights training ha[s] been added for peacekeeping forces, and in the air force training … [and has] been provided on human rights and international humanitarian law.