Practice Relating to Rule 114. Return of the Remains and Personal Effects of the Dead
Section B. Return of the personal effects of the dead
The Military Manual (1993) of the Netherlands provides that the parties to the conflict shall conclude agreements in order to “facilitate the return of the personal effects of the deceased to the home country”.
The Military Handbook (1995) of the Netherlands provides: “The property of the dead may not be confiscated or destroyed.”
The Military Manual (2005) of the Netherlands states:
As soon as circumstances and the relations between the parties to the conflict permit, the parties whose territory contains graves of persons who died during the conflict must conclude agreements in order:
- to facilitate the return of the remains and personal effects to the country of origin.