Practice Relating to Rule 134. Women
The Military Manual of the Netherlands (1993) states: “Women shall be the object of special respect.”
The manual also states: “Women will be treated with all consideration due to their sex.”
The Military Manual (2005) of the Netherlands states: “Women should be the object of special respect and protected in particular against rape, forced prostitution and any form of indecent assault.”
The Military Manual of the Netherlands (1993) states: “Pregnant women and mothers having dependent infants shall be respected.”
The Military Manual (2005) of the Netherlands states: “Pregnant women and mothers with small children are entitled to special protection.”
The Military Manual (2005) of the Netherlands states:
Section 11 - Prosecutions and procedural guarantees
1071. The prosecution and punishment of offences relating to the armed conflict should be subject to the following conditions (this relates to the bearing of arms and the committing of offences and war crimes during the internal armed conflict):
- for parties which still maintain capital punishment, the death penalty must not be imposed on persons who were younger than 18 years old at the time of committing the offence, on pregnant women or on women who are mothers of young children.
The Netherlands has abolished capital punishment. No Dutch judicial authority may pronounce a death sentence. Furthermore, the Netherlands may not agree to hand over persons under Dutch jurisdiction who are suspected or convicted of an offence carrying the death penalty, unless guarantees are given that the death penalty will not be carried out.