Practice Relating to Rule 86. Blinding Laser Weapons
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (2006) states:
According to Article 1 of Protocol IV [to the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons], it is prohibited to employ laser weapons specifically designed, as their sole combat function or as one of their combat functions, to cause permanent blindness to unenhanced vision, that is to the naked eye or to an eye with corrective eyesight devices.
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (2006) states: “Article 3 [of the 1980 Protocol IV to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons] permits the use of lasers on the battlefield if blinding occurs incidentally or as a collateral effect.”