Practice Relating to Rule 89. Violence to Life
Cameroon’s Disciplinary Regulations (1975) prohibits attacks on the lives and physical integrity of the wounded, sick and shipwrecked, prisoners and civilians, including murder.
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (1992) states: “An obligation is given to safeguard the life of [prisoners of war].”
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (2006), under the heading “Responsibility for Acts or Omissions of which Subordinates are Accused”, states that a commander may be held responsible for any “homicide” committed by his subordinates.
The manual also states that “intentional homicide” constitutes a grave breach of IHL.
Cameroon’s Disciplinary Regulations (2007) states:
Article 32: Prohibitions
It is prohibited to soldiers in combat:
- to fire at, injure or kill an enemy who surrenders or who is captured or with whom a suspension of combat has been concluded;
- to commit violence to life or person of the wounded, sick or shipwrecked, of prisoners, as well as of civilians, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment or torture.