Practice Relating to Rule 118. Provision of Basic Necessities to Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
Côte d’Ivoire’s Teaching Manual (2007) provides in Book I (Basic instruction):
The prisoner of war is an enemy combatant hors de combat due to the fact of his capture. As such, he enjoys a legal status which guarantees him rights.
- he will be cared for,
- his nourishment will be correct;
- his physical and mental balance will be preserved by sporting, cultural and religious activities.
In Book III, Volume 2 (Instruction of second-year trainee officers), the Teaching Manual provides:
1.2.4. Prisoners of war
… The detaining power is responsible for their maintenance (nourishment and medical care).
In Book IV (Instruction of heads of division and company commanders), the Teaching Manual provides:
II.2.1. Humane treatment obligatory
Prisoners of war shall at all times be treated humanely and protected …
… Their maintenance shall be ensured free of charge by the detaining power.