Practice Relating to Rule 87. Humane Treatment
Section C. Wounded and sick
Ireland’s Basic LOAC Guide (2005) states:
All wounded and sick, regardless of the party to which they belong, shall be respected and protected
. In all circumstances, they shall be treated humanely and shall receive, to the fullest possible extent and with the least possible delay, the medical care and attention required by their condition.
[emphasis in original]
Ireland’s Geneva Conventions Act (1962), as amended in 1998, provides that any “minor breach” of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, including violations of Article 12 of Geneva Convention I and Article 12 of Geneva Convention II, and of the 1977 Additional Protocol I, including violations of Article 10, as well as any “contravention” of the 1977 Additional Protocol II, including violations of Article 7, are punishable offences.