Practice Relating to Rule 125. Correspondence of Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
Spain’s LOAC Manual (1996) provides: “Prisoners of war shall be allowed to send and receive letters and cards. Such authorization may be limited by the Detaining Power and correspondence may be censored.”
Referring to Article 71 of the 1949 Geneva Convention III, the manual notes that if the detaining power decides to limit the correspondence sent by the prisoners, the number shall not be less than two letters and four cards monthly.
The manual also points out that further limitations on the correspondence may only be decided by the protecting power.
Spain’s LOAC Manual (2007) states: “Prisoners of war are allowed to send and receive letters and cards. The detaining power can limit the number of letters and cards sent. Correspondence can be censored.”
The manual also states: “If the detaining power decides to limit correspondence sent by prisoners, they must be allowed to send at least two letters and four cards a month.”
The manual further states: “Parties to the conflict can prohibit correspondence for military or political reasons. The prohibition must, however, be only temporary and last as short a time as possible.”