Practice Relating to Rule 25. Medical Personnel
Sweden’s IHL Manual (1991) considers that Article 15 of the 1977 Additional Protocol I on the protection of medical personnel has the status of customary law.
In 2009, in a statement during the tenth emergency special session of the UN General Assembly on “Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory”, the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Sweden stated:
International humanitarian law clearly states that humanitarian and medical personnel must be protected at all times. …
Sweden strongly emphasizes that all civilians, as well as wounded and sick, medical personnel and medical buildings must be protected in accordance with international humanitarian law.
Sweden’s Total Defence Ordinance relating to IHL (1990) provides: “Those assigned in war time to the armed forces health and medical services may only carry light personal arms.”