Related Rule
Syrian Arab Republic
Practice Relating to Rule 148. Reprisals in Non-International Armed Conflicts
At the CDDH, the delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic, in its explanation of vote on draft Article 10 bis of the Additional Protocol II, expressed regret that Poland had withdrawn an amendment prohibiting reprisals. It stated: “The reasons of expediency should not be interpreted, by an a contrario reasoning, as opening up the possibility of such measures.” It further stated: “Humanitarian law is dependent on jus cogens and it is therefore unthinkable that an inhuman act should provoke a similar act involving innocent persons.” 
Syrian Arab Republic, Statement at the CDDH, Official Records, Vol. IX, CDDH/I/SR.73, 16 May 1977, p. 453.