Practice Relating to Rule 115. Disposal of the Dead
Section B. Respect for the religious beliefs of the dead
Poland’s Procedures Governing the Interment of Soldiers Killed in Action (2009) states:
Irrespective of the circumstances of death, the aim shall always be to ensure that the dead are buried according to the rites of the religion to which they belonged … The burial rites should be performed by an army chaplain, or a cleric belonging to the same faith as the deceased.
In a section on “Marking the graves”, the Procedures further states: “In order to identify the religious beliefs of the persons buried in a grave, a marker indicating the relevant religion or faith shall be placed in as visible a location as possible.”
The Procedures also states:
Civilian members of the armed forces who had not participated in hostilities shall be buried in line with procedures established for the burial of the bodies of soldiers. Deceased residents of a conflict zone may, if circumstances permit, be buried in accordance with their religious beliefs.
The Procedures further states: “The burial rites [of persons whose identity cannot be verified] may be performed by an army chaplain or cleric belonging to any faith.”