Practice Relating to Rule 67. Inviolability of Parlementaires
The Military Manual (1993) of the Netherlands states:
A parlementaire has the right to inviolability … [The white flag] indicates that the party who displays the flag wants to negotiate. This party must cease fire. The other party has no obligation to cease fire. However, the parlementaire and any person who may accompany him (e.g. an interpreter) may not be fired upon.
The Military Handbook (1995) of the Netherlands states: “The party which displays the [white] flag has to cease fire. The other party does not have to do so. But, the parlementaire and the soldiers who accompany him (for example an interpreter) may not be attacked.”
The Military Manual (2005) of the Netherlands states:
The white flag indicates that the party flying the flag wishes to parley. This party must cease firing. The bearer of the white flag, and those accompanying this person, have a right to physical inviolability.
The manual further states: “The parlementaire has a right to inviolability, as long as he does not misuse his protection. This inviolability means that he may not be attacked or taken prisoner.”