Practice Relating to Rule 53. Starvation as a Method of Warfare
At the CDDH, in response to Pakistan’s proposed amendment to delete Article 27 of the draft Additional Protocol II (now Article 14), the representative of the Holy See declared that:
He was watching with increasing concern the dismantling, article by article, of draft Protocol II … It was all the more serious in that the deleted articles were perhaps among the most significant and valuable from the standpoint of humanitarian law … Now that the Conference was being called on to decide whether or not to delete Article 27 [now Article 14], which was essentially concerned with food and water supplies for the civilian population, the delegation of the Holy See, as well as others, had to face a problem of conscience, for the protection of the civilian population was one of the aims, possibly even the main aim, of the two Additional Protocols. Since, as had often been stated, the civilian population was the main victim in modern conflicts, how could Article 27, which was indispensable to its survival, be light-heartedly deleted?
The Holy See called upon Pakistan to withdraw its amendment and suggested in the alternative a roll-call vote on Article 27.