Practice Relating to Rule 87. Humane Treatment
South Africa’s LOAC Manual (1996) provides: “All wounded, sick and shipwrecked … shall be treated humanely.”
South Africa’s Revised Civic Education Manual (2004) states: “All wounded, sick and shipwrecked, to whatever party they belong, … shall be treated humanely”.
South Africa’s LOAC Manual (1996) states: “Soldiers who have surrendered or who are in the control of the enemy … must be protected.”
South Africa’s Revised Civic Education Manual (2004) states: “Treatment of POWs [prisoners of war] must always be humane.”
The manual also provides that prisoners of war are entitled to “[p]rotection against abuse”.
Furthermore, the manual provides that the mistreatment of prisoners of war is a grave breach of the law of armed conflict and a war crime.