Practice Relating to Rule 49. War Booty
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (1992) states: “Captured military objects are war booty. War booty is not regulated by the law of war. It may be utilized without restriction.”
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (2006) states:
Enemy military objects
Captured Military objects are war booty. War booty is not regulated by the law of armed conflict and international humanitarian law. It may be utilized without restriction.
[The following] may not be considered war booty:
- Medical and religious objects
- The effects of captured personnel necessary for clothing, eating … and for protection (gas mask).
Military medical units and their material must not be taken out of service whilst required for the care of the wounded and sick.
Captured military medical transports (land, air, sea) … which are not necessary for the wounded and sick, may be utilized for other purposes after their means of identification have been removed.
Hospital ships must not be captured.
Captured medical units remain reserved for the wounded, sick and shipwrecked.
Captured religious objects must receive similar treatment.