Practice Relating to Rule 27. Religious Personnel
Côte d’Ivoire’s Teaching Manual (2007) provides in Book III, Volume 2 (Instruction of second-year trainee officers):
I.3. Protection of military medical and religious personnel
The law gives civilian medical and religious personnel the same status as military medical and religious personnel. Both must be respected and protected. It is appropriate to do everything to allow them to carry out their activities.
In Book IV (Instruction of heads of division and company commanders), the Teaching Manual provides:
I.2.3. Medical and religious personnel
Medical and religious personnel, military as well as civilian, enjoy the status of protected person and, consequently, must not be attacked. These persons display the red cross, red crescent or red crystal … and carry pieces of identification which identify them as protected persons …
The chaplains of armed forces are non-combatants. They must not be attacked. If they are captured, they are returned to their armed forces unless they are retained by the detaining Power to assist POWs [prisoners of war].
NB: Distinctive emblem and pieces of identification
Chaplains and medical personnel display a distinctive emblem consisting of a red cross, red crescent or red crystal.