Practice Relating to Rule 128. Release and Return of Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
Chad’s Instructor’s Manual (2006) includes amongst the rights to be accorded to prisoners of war: “He must be released and repatriated at the end of hostilities.”
The manual adds that this same provision “also applies to civilian internees except for those who are being tried for a criminal act”.
The manual further states that “unjustified delays in the repatriation of prisoners of war and civilians” is a grave breach of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and thus a war crime.