Practice Relating to Rule 96. Hostage-Taking
Cameroon’s Disciplinary Regulations (1975) prohibits hostage-taking.
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (1992) explicitly forbids civilian hostage-taking.
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (2006), under the heading “Rules for Conduct in Combat” and referring to “civilians”, states: “The taking of hostages is prohibited.”
The manual also states that “the taking of hostages” constitutes a grave breach of IHL.
Cameroon’s Disciplinary Regulations (2007) states:
Article 32: Prohibitions
It is prohibited to soldiers in combat:
- to take hostages, to engage in reprisals or collective punishments.