Practice Relating to Rule 58. Improper Use of the White Flag of Truce
New Zealand’s Military Manual (1992) states: “Improper use of protective symbols … is prohibited.”
The manual includes the white flag among the “protective symbols”.
The manual further states that “improperly using a flag of truce” is a war crime.
Under New Zealand’s International Crimes and ICC Act (2000), war crimes include the crimes defined in Article 8(2)(b)(vii) of the 1998 ICC Statute.