Practice Relating to Rule 87. Humane Treatment
Colombia’s Soldiers’ Manual (1999) and Instructors’ Manual (1999) provide that civilians must be treated humanely.
In 2005, in the Constitutional Case No. C-203/05, the Plenary Chamber of Colombia’s Constitutional Court stated:
As members of the civilian population affected by internal armed conflicts, children and adolescents have the right to respect for the fundamental guarantees granted to all persons not actively participating in hostilities, as established by Article 3 common to the  Geneva Conventions, which provide at minimum a right to be treated humanely, to not suffer violence against their … person or dignity. In accordance with this Article, in cases of non-international armed conflicts in the territory of one of the Parties, each party to the conflict shall be bound to apply certain minimum guarantees without affecting their legal status as parties to the conflict, including: (1) Persons taking no active part in the hostilities shall be treated humanely in all circumstances without adverse distinction based on discriminatory criteria; ... c) Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment.
In 2007, in the Constitutional Case No. C-291/07
, the Plenary Chamber of Colombia’s Constitutional Court stated: “In accordance with the principle of humane treatment, civilians … shall be treated humanely.”
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