Practice Relating to Rule 142. Instruction in International Humanitarian Law within Armed Forces
Section B. Obligation of commanders to instruct the armed forces under their command
Burundi’s Regulations on International Humanitarian Law (2007) states: “The commander must … ensure that … his subordinates know their obligations under the law of war.”
The Regulations further states: “It is the responsibility of the commander to incorporate the law of war into the various military training programmes.”
The Regulations also states: “Since respect for the law of war is linked to discipline, the instruction of the law of war must be an integral part of military training.”
In 2008, at the opening of the Seminar on Human Rights and IHL for the High Command of the National Defence Force, a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defence and Former Combatants stated:
The commanders … must understand and master this law [IHL] so they can teach it to their subordinates.
[W]ithin a national political context directed at the reconciliation of the Burundian people, the contribution of any serviceman shall be to carry out the missions assigned to him in strict respect for the laws and regulations. He must constantly have in mind the respect for persons and their objects. It’s a matter of honour, dignity and discipline which all commanders shall understand and make their subordinates understand.