Practice Relating to Rule 146. Reprisals against Protected Persons
Section E. Civilians in general
Cameroon’s Disciplinary Regulations (1975) states: “It is prohibited to soldiers in combat: … to engage in reprisals or collective punishments”.
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (1992), in a part listing the rules of conduct in combat and referring to “civilian persons”, provides: “Protect them against ill treatment [and] acts of vengeance. The taking of hostages is prohibited.”
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (2006), under the heading “Civilian Victims of Armed Conflict”, lists “the taking of reprisals against populations” as an example of “conduct that is prohibited and remains contrary to the law of armed conflict and international humanitarian law during all military operations, whether in offence or in defence”.
The manual, under the heading “Rules for Conduct in Combat” and referring to “civilians”, states: “[P]rotect them against … acts of vengeance”.
Cameroon’s Disciplinary Regulations (2007) states: “It is prohibited to soldiers in combat … to take hostages, to engage in reprisals or collective punishments”.