Practice Relating to Rule 58. Improper Use of the White Flag of Truce
Mali’s Army Regulations (1979) stipulates that, under the laws and customs of war, it is prohibited “to use improperly the flag of parlementaires”.
Mali’s Code of Military Justice (1995) punishes:
any individual … who, in time of war, in the area of operations of a military force and in violation of the laws and customs of war, improperly uses the distinctive signs and emblems defined in international conventions to ensure respect for persons, objects and places protected by these conventions.
Under Mali’s Penal Code (2001), “using the flag of parlementaires … and, thereby, causing loss of human lives or serious injuries” is a war crime in international armed conflicts.