Practice Relating to Rule 54. Attacks against Objects Indispensable to the Survival of the Civilian Population
Section A. Attacks against objects
In 1992, during a debate in the UN Security Council on the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Venezuela declared:
Nor must we forget that the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide clearly states that genocide means inflicting on a group of human beings conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part. Article 54 of the 1977 Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions also prohibits the destruction of infrastructure basic to life, such as electricity, drinking water, sewage and other public services. Such are the acts today being perpetrated in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.