Practice Relating to Rule 70. Weapons of a Nature to Cause Superfluous Injury or Unnecessary Suffering
Rwanda’s Law Repressing the Crime of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes (2003) provides:
“War crime” shall also mean any of the following acts committed in armed conflicts:
1° employment of poisonous weapons or other weapons calculated to cause unnecessary suffering;
Anyone who commits one of the war crimes provided for in Article 10 of this law shall be punished by the following penalties:
1° the death penalty or life imprisonment where he has committed a crime provided for in point 1°, 4°, 5°, 6°, 9° or 10° of Article 10 of this law.
In its written statement submitted to the ICJ in the Nuclear Weapons (WHO) case in 1993, Rwanda noted:
The use of nuclear weapons by a State during a war or an armed conflict constitutes a violation of the agreements relating to international humanitarian law in general and of the [1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons] in particular.