Practice Relating to Rule 142. Instruction in International Humanitarian Law within Armed Forces
In 2008, in its written reply to the Committee on the Rights of the Child concerning Uganda’s initial report under the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, Uganda stated: “The UPDF [Uganda People’s Defence Force] syllabi at all levels has a component of international humanitarian law and obligation … . Training on the Optional Protocol on children in Armed Conflict is part of the syllabi.’
Uganda’s LOAC Dissemination Directive (2006) provides:
[The Chief of Defence Forces] directs as follows:
That all commanding officers (COs) of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces take all necessary and reasonable steps to ensure that the law of armed conflict as defined in the Geneva Conventions Act (Chapter 363) is disseminated to all members of the Uganda People’s [Defence] Forces (UPDF) at all levels in units under their command, and, in particular, that the study thereof is included in all programmes of military instruction.