Practice Relating to Rule 110. Treatment and Care of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked
Ireland’s Basic LOAC Guide (2005) states:
At all times, and particularly after an engagement … adequate care [must be] given [to the wounded and sick] … . Where a side is compelled to abandon wounded and sick, it must, if possible, leave some of its medical personnel and material to care for them.
The manual also provides a list of “Soldiers Rules”, one of which is: “[C]are for the wounded and sick whether friend or foe.”
Ireland’s Geneva Conventions Act (1962), as amended in 1998, provides that any “minor breach” of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, including violations of Articles 12 and 15 of the Geneva Convention I, Articles 12 and 18 of the Geneva Convention II and Article 16 of the Geneva Convention IV, and of the 1977 Additional Protocol I, including violations of Article 10, as well as any “contravention” of the 1977 Additional Protocol II, including violations of Articles 7(2) and 8, are punishable offences.