Practice Relating to Rule 88. Non-Discrimination
Section C. Wounded and sick
Ireland’s Basic LOAC Guide (2005) states that “those who suffer must be aided and cared for without distinction”.
The manual further states: “There must be no distinction among them [the wounded and the sick] founded on any grounds other than medical ones. This means treatment must be by medical priority only and not by nationality. You cannot give automatic priority to your own wounded.”
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 Articles 12 and 30 of Geneva Convention II, is a punishable offence.