Norma relacionada
Poland
Practice Relating to Rule 139. Respect for International Humanitarian Law
Poland’s Code of Honour of the Professional Soldier (2008), in the section entitled “A Professional Soldier in a Combat Situation”, states: “In a combat situation, [he] acts in accordance with the norms of international humanitarian law of armed conflicts.” 
Poland, Obwieszczenie Ministra Obrony Narodowej z dnia 3 marca 2008 r. w sprawie ogłoszenia “Kodeksu Honorowego Żołnierza Zawodowego Wojska Polskiego”, published in the Official Gazette of the Ministry of National Defence, No. 5, Item 55, 26 March 2008.
In 2005, in his decision on compliance with principles for the protection of cultural property in the activities of the armed forces, Poland’s Minister of National Defence stated:
2. The following tasks and responsibilities shall be assigned to senior staff of the Ministry of National Defence, directors (heads) of organizational cells of the MOD [Ministry of Defence] and commanders of categories of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland in matters relating to the protection of cultural property:
1) The Under-Secretary of State for Social Affairs:
a) represents the national defence agency in alliance contacts with the armies of the States Parties of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and in contacts with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and other governmental and non-governmental organizations dealing with the problems of the protection of cultural property,
b) coordinates cooperation between the national defence agency and units of the central and local administration and non-governmental organizations, including collective organisations, for the protection of cultural property in the event of threats in war- and peace-time,
c) creates favourable conditions for the functioning of a collective movement for the protection of cultural property in the military environment;
2) The PA Chief of General Staff ensures:
a) compliance by all levels of command with the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict in the process of decision-making on combat operations, operations during peacekeeping missions and alliance operations, action to prevent or combat the effects of terrorism, catastrophes and natural disasters or their consequences, and during military training and exercises,
b) incorporation of the provisions of the Convention into military regulations and instructions,
c) the cooperation of subordinate services in the development of the requisite materials relating to the protection of cultural property in the event of a threat in war- or peace-time,
d) that troops have topographic maps with the most important cultural properties in the country and in any potential theatre of military operations marked with the special international topographical sign,
e) conditions for operations relating to the protection of cultural property within MOD Crisis Headquarters and cooperation with National Crisis Headquarters,
3) The Commanders of the categories of the Armed Forces:
a) request – as specified in separate legislation – the inclusion in the organizational structures of troops under their command, on the operational level in “P” and “W” time, and at the tactical level in “W” time – of specialists (cells) in matters relating to the protection of cultural property and other issues related to the application of international humanitarian law of armed conflicts,
c) supervise the implementation of procedures for the protection of cultural property during operations by troops under their command;
5) The Director of the Department of Defence Education and Promotion:
a) organizes and supervises the overall operations relating to the dissemination of information on and building awareness of protection of cultural property issues in the military environment,
b) compiles catalogues of historical monuments for use in operational decisions in the course of combat operations for national and alliance (Polish territory) troops and also during peace-keeping missions and alliance operations, action to prevent or combat terrorism, catastrophes and natural disasters, and also during military training and exercises,
c) prepares a database of cultural property for computer command posts,
d) develops, in cooperation with the PA General Staff, draft instructions and directives concerning:
- ways to identify cultural sites located in a zone of military activities and the conduct of operational activities, in accordance with the provisions of international conventions,
- how to protect cultural property during military operations of a peace-keeping nature,
- threats in time of peace (catastrophes and natural disasters)
g) maintains a register, and monitors the status, security and protection used by the national defence agency, of sites recorded in the register of movable historical monuments;
6) The Director of the Infrastructure Department:
a) organizes, coordinates and supervises in peacetime, tasks associated with the obligations of organizational units of the agency resulting from the exercise of sustainable management in relation to immovable historical monuments, on the principles set out in universally binding provisions on the organization and manner of protection of historical monuments in the event of armed conflict and crisis situations,
c) maintains a register, and monitors the status, security and protection of immovable historical monuments that are sustainably managed by organizational units of the national defence agency.
3. The provisions of paragraph 2.2 b, 2.3.a, and 2.4 of the decision shall be implemented in official activities by 31 December 2007. 
Poland, Decision No. 250/MON by the Minister of National Defence on compliance with the principles for the protection of cultural property in the activities of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland, 4 August 2005, published in MON Official Journal of 2005, No. 15, item 135, §§ 2–3.