United Nations A/hrc/19/68

International Customary Law

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International Customary Law

  • The following provisions of international customary law set out the rules relating to the treatment and disposal of the dead,

    Rule 113. Each party to the conflict must take all possible measures to prevent the dead from being despoiled. Mutilation of dead bodies is prohibited.

    Rule 114. Parties to the conflict must endeavour to facilitate the return of the remains of the deceased upon request of the party to which they belong or upon the request of their next of kin. They must return their personal effects to them.

    Rule 115. The dead must be disposed of in a respectful manner and their graves respected and properly maintained.

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