Practice Relating to Rule 87. Humane Treatment
Ireland’s Basic LOAC Guide (2005) states: “Civilians are always entitled to respect for their persons, honour, family rights, religious convictions and practices, and their manners and customs. They must always be treated humanely and protected from acts of violence.”
The manual also provides a list of “Soldiers Rules”, one of which is: “Treat all civilians humanely.”
Ireland’s Geneva Conventions Act (1962), as amended in 1998, provides that any “minor breach” of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, including violations of Articles 5 and 27 of the 1949 Geneva Convention IV, is a punishable offence.