Practice Relating to Rule 113. Treatment of the Dead
Section B. Protection of the dead against despoliation
New Zealand’s Military Manual (1992) provides: “The Parties to a conflict are obliged … to prevent [the dead] … being looted.”
New Zealand’s Armed Forces Discipline Act (1971) provides:
Every person subject to this Act commits the offence of looting, and is liable to imprisonment … who –
(a) Steals from, or with intent to steal searches, the person of anyone killed … in the course of any war or warlike operations in which New Zealand is engaged, or killed … in the course of operations undertaken by any service of the Armed Forces for the preservation of law and order or otherwise in aid of the civil power.