Practice Relating to Rule 47. Attacks against Persons Hors de Combat
Cuban practice during the 1960s was reported in several sources. One commentator described witnessing “the surrender of hundreds of Batistianos from a small-town garrison”:
They were gathered within a hollow square of rebel Tommy-gunners and harangued by Raul Castro: “We hope that you will stay with us and fight against the master who so ill-used you. If you decide to refuse this invitation – and I am not going to repeat it – you will be delivered to the Cuban Red Cross tomorrow. Once you are under Batista’s orders again, we hope that you will not take arms against us. But, if you do, remember this: we took you this time. We can take you again. And when we do, we will not frighten or torture or kill you … If you are captured a second time or even a third … we will again return you exactly as we are doing now.