Practice Relating to Rule 91. Corporal Punishment
New Zealand’s Military Manual (1992) provides: “Corporal punishments [of POWs] … are forbidden.”
The manual restates Article 75(2) of the 1977 Additional Protocol I, according to which “corporal punishment” is prohibited “at any time and in any place whatsoever, whether committed by civilian or by military agents”.
Regarding civilians, the manual stipulates that the 1949 Geneva Convention IV prohibits the parties from “taking any measure of such character as to cause the physical suffering … of protected persons in their hands”, including corporal punishment.
In the case of non-international armed conflict, the manual prohibits at any time and anywhere “any form of corporal punishment”.