Practice Relating to Rule 142. Instruction in International Humanitarian Law within Armed Forces
In a decree in 1994, Burkina Faso’s Ministry of State and of Defence stated: “The teaching of international humanitarian law (IHL) in the Armed Forces is mandatory. It is disseminated at all levels of military hierarchy and forms an integral part of every programme of instruction, training or instruction.”
In a decree in 1995, Burkina Faso’s Ministry of State and of Defence established a unit for the dissemination of IHL with the task, inter alia
, of teaching and disseminating IHL within the armed forces.
In 1999, Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ICRC, in cooperation with the Burkinabé Red Cross Society, held the first national seminar on implementation of IHL. The seminar, inter alia
, urged Burkina Faso to step up IHL training for the armed forces. A workshop was also held by the ICRC Advisory Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for government officials on specific issues, such as the application of IHL to non-international armed conflict, the 1997 Ottawa Convention and the 1998 ICC Statute. Another workshop organized the same year by the ICRC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was held on the obligation of States to adopt legislation giving effect to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, the 1977 Additional Protocols and the 1997 Ottawa Convention.