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Jammu and Kashmir: the government of India grants the ICRC access to detainees

22-06-1995 News Release 95/27

Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)  and the Government of the Republic of India signed a Memorandum of Understanding in New Delhi, on 22 June 1995, which allows the ICRC access to all persons arrested and detained in relation with the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The purpose of ICRC visits is to monitor the conditions of detention and  treatment of detainees. These visits also help  to restore contact between the inmates and their families.  The ICRC's findings and reports are transmitted only to the authorities concerned.

In March 1994, the ICRC had been invited to assess humanitarian needs in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. A similar mission had been conducted on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control. The agreement  reached on 22 June in New Delhi  is the response to the ICRC's offer of services to the Indian authorities after these missions.