Practice Relating to Rule 116. Accounting for the Dead
In 1995, Colombia’s Council of State held that a report must be made concerning the circumstances of death: in the aftermath of a battle, the bodies of all those killed, whether combatants or non-combatants, must be treated in accordance with forensic requirements in order to “permit complete identification and establishment of the circumstances of death”.
In 1995, the Colombian Council of State stated that the bodies of enemy dead must be placed at the disposal of the competent authority and may not be concealed. Commanders are bound to report the death of detainees and their place of burial.