Practice Relating to Rule 147. Reprisals against Protected Objects
Argentina’s Law of War Manual (1969), in a chapter dealing with the “Protection of civilian persons in times of war”, which contains “provisions common to the territories of the belligerent parties and occupied territories”, states: “Measures of reprisal with respect to protected persons and their property remain equally prohibited.”
Argentina’s Regulation for the Treatment of POWs (1985) states: “Reprisals against the property of innocent interned [civilians] are prohibited.”
Argentina’s Law of War Manual (1989), in a part dealing with the “Treatment given to protected persons”, which contains “provisions common to the territories of the belligerent parties and occupied territories”, refers, inter alia
, to Article 33 of the 1949 Geneva Convention IV and provides: “Remain absolutely prohibited: … measures of reprisal against protected persons and their objects”.
In a part dealing with “property of a civilian character”, the manual states: “Property of civilian character cannot be made the object of … reprisals.”
Argentina’s Law of War Manual (1989) refers to Article 53 of the 1977 Additional Protocol I and Article 16 of the 1977 Additional Protocol II, as well as to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property, and provides: “It remains absolutely prohibited … to make [cultural property] the object of reprisals.”