Practice Relating to Rule 91. Corporal Punishment
Australia’s Defence Force Manual (1994) states, with regard to inhabitants of occupied territory, that corporal punishment is prohibited.
Australia’s LOAC Manual (2006) states:
The following acts are prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever:
• Violence to the life, health or physical or mental well-being of persons, in particular:
– corporal punishment;
• threats to commit any of the foregoing acts.
The manual also states with regard to the general treatment of protected persons in both their own territory and occupied territory that “imposition of corporal … punishment … [is] forbidden”.
The LOAC Manual (2006) replaces both the Defence Force Manual (1994) and the Commanders’ Guide (1994).