Practice Relating to Rule 128. Release and Return of Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
Section A. Release and return without delay
Hungary’s Military Manual (1992) provides that one of the measures required after a conflict is the repatriation of prisoners of war (POWs) and internees.
The manual also states that “unjustified delay in repatriation of POWs” falls under “grave breaches (war crimes)”.
Hungary’s Criminal Code (1978), as amended in 1998, provides that “unjustified delay in the repatriation of prisoners of war or civilians persons” is a punishable offence.