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Chiapas: ICRC continues assistance to civilian population

16-03-1995 News Release 95/6

Geneva (ICRC) - In view of the latest developments in Chiapas, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has received full support from the Mexican Government to continue providing humanitarian aid to the civilian population, in accordance with its mandate.

The ICRC is working in cooperation with the Mexican Red Cross. Mobile medical teams are helping displaced civilians and people who have now returned home, providing medical consultations, carrying out child vaccination programmes and organizing transport to hospital for serious cases. The ICRC is also training health workers and supplying them with basic medicines.

A relief programme is under way for displaced persons and civilians who have returned to their homes. Some 45 tonnes of food, kitchen utensils, soap, blankets and farming tools are currently being distributed.

On 6 March the ICRC began visiting persons detained in connection with the Chiapas events. ICRC delegates were able to talk with them in private, in accordance with its customary working procedures.

The ICRC has visited a total of 23 detainees in prisons in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz and Mexico City. The visits were facilitated by the Mexican Secretaría de Gobernación and the National Commission for Human Rights.