Practice Relating to Rule 7. The Principle of Distinction between Civilian Objects and Military Objectives
Section A. The principle of distinction
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (1992)
provides: “At all times, a clear distinction must be made between combatants, personnel military objectives and civilian objects.”
Cameroon’s Instructor’s Manual (2006), under the heading “Command Responsibility”, states: “In all circumstances, a distinction must be made between … military objectives … and civilian objects (civilian objects being defined as all objects that are not military objectives) in order to avoid collateral damage.”
The manual further states:
It must be emphasized that [a responsibility of] command regarding the law of armed conflict and international humanitarian law is to:
- respect the principle of discrimination; that is to say, to make a distinction between … military objectives and civilian objects as well as protected objects (medical installations, cultural objects, …).