Practice Relating to Rule 122. Pillage of the Personal Belongings of Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
Ireland’s Basic LOAC Guide (2005) states:
The following articles must remain in the PWs [prisoners’ of war] possession:
- helmets, respirators and other such articles if required for personal protection;
- personal effects including items used for clothing and feeding; and
- badges of rank, nationality and decorations in addition to identity documents.
Money and other articles of value in possession of a PW may not be taken from him except by order of an officer and upon issuance of a receipt.
Ireland’s Geneva Conventions Act (1962), as amended in 1998, provides that any “contravention” of the 1977 Additional Protocol II, including violations of Article 4(2)(g), is a punishable offence.