Related Rule
Viet Nam
Practice Relating to Rule 1. The Principle of Distinction between Civilians and Combatants
In 2008, during a debate in the UN Security Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the representative of Viet Nam stated that “parties to armed conflict should comply with the [principle] … of humanitarian law relating to distinction”. 
Viet Nam, Statement before the UN Security Council during a debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, 27 May 2008, p. 14.
Viet Nam’s Penal Code (1990) punishes “anyone who commits acts of violence against the population”. 
Viet Nam, Penal Code, 1990, Article 273.
In 2008, during a debate in the UN Security Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the representative of Viet Nam stated that “parties to armed conflict should comply with the [principle] … of humanitarian law relating to distinction … and refrain from exerting measures against civilians”. 
Viet Nam, Statement before the UN Security Council during a debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, 27 May 2008, p. 14.