Practice Relating to Rule 118. Provision of Basic Necessities to Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
New Zealand’s Military Manual (1992) provides: “Prisoners of war are to receive medical … attention, if possible from doctors … of their own forces or of their own nationality.”
The manual also provides that prisoners “shall be allowed to receive parcels containing clothing, food, medical supplies, religious and educational material, books, examination papers, musical instruments and the like” and that “they may receive collective relief parcels in accordance with specific agreements between the parties”.
Concerning internees, the manual states that they “must be provided free of charge with adequate food, water and the facilities to provide themselves with clothing or, if necessary, the clothing itself. Internees shall be medically inspected once a month and shall be provided with adequate medical care free of charge.”
In addition, the manual states: “Under certain circumstances, internees are allowed to receive individual parcels or collective shipments.”
With respect to non-international conflicts, the manual states: “All detainees are to be supplied with food and water and the same safeguards as regards health and hygiene.”