Practice Relating to Rule 145. Reprisals
Section C. Proportionality of reprisals
South Africa’s LOAC Manual (1996) states that “reprisals are only permitted according to strict criteria”.
South Africa’s LOAC Teaching Manual (2008) states:
- Under customary international law, reprisals against persons and objects not protected against reprisals can be justified if the reprisals meet certain criteria, including the following:
- Reprisals must be proportionate to the illegal acts complained of and not excessive to the goal of ensuring enemy compliance with the law.