Practice Relating to Rule 16. Target Verification
The Military Manual (1993) of the Netherlands states: “During the selection of targets and the preparation of attacks, it must be verified that the objectives to be attacked are neither civilians nor civilian objects but are military objectives.”
The Military Manual (2005) of the Netherlands states:
When selecting objectives and preparing to attack, the attacker must:
- make sure that the objectives to be attacked are not civilians, the civilian population or civilian objects, but military objectives.
According to the Government of the Netherlands, commanders have to take all the precautionary measures required by Article 57 of the 1977 Additional Protocol I when carrying out an attack.