Related Rule
Practice Relating to Rule 148. Reprisals in Non-International Armed Conflicts
At the CDDH, the delegation of Poland, in its explanation of vote on articles of the draft Additional Protocols I and II relating to reprisals, stated that it had withdrawn an earlier proposed amendment which envisaged a general prohibition of reprisals, while stressing that if a group of persons should not be covered by specific provisions prohibiting reprisals, “there should be no attempt to prove by an a contrario argument that such a group is outside the prohibition of reprisals” and that this would be, in its understanding, “an argument in bad faith directed against the very spirit of the Geneva Law”. 
Poland, Statement at the CDDH, Official Records, Vol. IX, CDDH/I/SR.73, 16 May 1977, p. 452.