Practice Relating to Rule 7. The Principle of Distinction between Civilian Objects and Military Objectives
Guinea’s Soldier’s Manual (2010), under the heading “Principles of the law of war”, states:
The law of [w]ar rests on three fundamental principles:
1. Principle of distinction
Principle of distinction defines:
- … what can be attacked;
- … what cannot be attacked.
NB: For a soldier, the principle of distinction is the most important one.
Guinea’s Soldier’s Manual (2010) states: “Attack only military targets.”
Guinea’s Soldier’s Manual (2010) states: “Spare civilian … property.”
Guinea’s Disciplinary Regulations (2012) states: “Military personnel in combat are prohibited from … destroying and seizing neutral commercial vessels or aircrafts except in cases of smuggling, blockade breaches and other acts which conflict with their neutrality”.