Practice Relating to Rule 135. Children
The Military Manual (1993) of the Netherlands provides:
Children shall not be evacuated without reason to a foreign country. Exception shall be made for a temporary evacuation where compelling reasons of the health and safety of the children so required.
The Military Manual (2005) of the Netherlands states:
Unnecessary evacuation of children to another country should be avoided. An exception is made for temporary evacuation, for compelling reasons relating to their health or safety. There are a number of detailed rules for such an evacuation.
In its chapter on non-international armed conflict, the manual states:
1060. Children must receive the care and help that they need.
1061. This involves … adopting measures (including temporary escorting, by adults responsible for their safety and wellbeing, as far as possible with the consent of their parents or carers) whenever children have to be transferred outside the area of hostilities to a safer part of the country.