Practice Relating to Rule 139. Respect for International Humanitarian Law
Madagascar’s Military Manual (1994) states: “Belligerent States and Parties undertake to respect and ensure respect for the law of war.”
The manual also states: “Military personnel … must strictly observe the rules and the laws established by the law of war.”
The manual adds:
Be a disciplined soldier. Disobedience of the law of war dishonours your armed forces and yourself: it causes unnecessary suffering; far from weakening the enemy’s will to fight, it often strengthens it.