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Former Yugoslavia: first ICRC visit to person detained by International Tribunal in the Hague

08-09-1995 News Release 45

Geneva (ICRC) - On 5 September, three delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), including a doctor and an interpreter, visited the only person detained by the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. This person has been charged by the Tribunal with grave breaches of international humanitarian law committed within the context of the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The visit was carried out in accordance with the ICRC's customary working procedures. These provide for an overall assessment of detention conditions and enable the individuals visited to speak confidentially and without witnesses with ICRC delegates. The visit was conducted following an agreement reached with the Tribunal last May and falls within the ICRC's humanitarian mandate which is recognized by the entire international community.