Yugoslavia, Socialist Federal Republic of
Practice Relating to Rule 139. Respect for International Humanitarian Law
Section B. Orders and instructions to ensure respect for international humanitarian law
In Order No. 985-1/91 issued in 1991, the Chief of General Staff of the Yugoslav People’s Army (YPA) stated: “YPA units have the duty to secure in the area of their operations full and unconditional implementation of rules of international law of armed conflicts and suppress violations of those rules.”
In 1991, the Chief of General Staff of the Yugoslav People’s Army (YPA) issued Order No. 579 aiming “to completely eliminate violations of international humanitarian law in armed conflicts in Croatia” according to which “YPA units shall ensure full and consistent respect of norms of international humanitarian law in all areas under its jurisdiction”.