Practice Relating to Rule 3. Definition of Combatants
Peru’s IHL Manual (2004) defines “combatants” as “members of the armed forces of a party to the conflict”.
The manual further states: “Captured combatants (whether they surrender or not) are prisoners of war and cannot be attacked from the time of capture. Prisoner-of-war status applies from the time of capture.”
Peru’s IHL and Human Rights Manual (2010) states: “Members of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict are combatants.”
The manual further states: “The members of the armed forces (who are not medical personnel or religious personnel) are combatants.”