Practice Relating to Rule 141. Legal Advisers for Armed Forces
Brazil’s Operations Manual for the Evacuation of Non-Combatants (2007) states:
The Joint Command and its subordinate commands shall be assisted by a Legal Adviser with regard to military matters and their consequences pursuant to the Law of Armed Conflict and to ensure that all [its] personnel comply with the provisions of the international conventions and agreements to which Brazil is a party, as well as with the provisions of the Rules of Engagement for Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations.
The Operations Manual also states:
1.2.1 Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations are conducted by the Ministry of Defence, upon request by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for the evacuation of non-combatants whose lives are in danger, from their host country to a safe place of destination …
3.4.1 Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations … may be triggered by sudden changes in the government of the host country, changes in its political or military orientation with regard to Brazil, or hostile threats to Brazilian citizens by internal or external forces in that country.
Annex A. Rules of Engagement and the Law of Armed Conflict
3. The Law of Armed Conflict
According to the policy of the Ministry of Defence, the principles of the Law of Armed Conflict regulate the actions taken by the Joint Command in the defence of its personnel, property and equipment.