Practice Relating to Rule 131. Treatment of Displaced Persons
Section E. International assistance to displaced persons
Australia’s LOAC Manual (2006) states:
… [T]he party to the conflict in whose hands protected persons may be, shall be responsible for their treatment and for making available to such persons facilities to enable such persons to make contact with and application to international humanitarian organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The LOAC Manual (2006) replaces both the Defence Force Manual (1994) and the Commanders’ Guide (1994).
In 2009, in a ministerial statement before the House of Representatives on the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs stated:
Australia … urges the Sri Lankan government to ensure as a matter of urgency that the process of evacuation from the conflict zone is open to monitoring by the International Committee of the Red Cross and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other UN officials. Such access would underline the Sri Lankan government’s commitment to the protection of its civilians and build confidence in its management of this difficult situation.