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ICRC expresses profound shock at killing of four human rights workers in Rwanda

06-02-1997 News Release 97/05

The ICRC was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of four United Nations human rights monitors and their local driver in Rwanda on Tuesday 4 February. The killings, which come only weeks after the murder in Ruhengeri of three Spanish representatives of Médecins du monde , bring into sharp focus the dangers facing humanitarian workers in the region. Following that tragedy, the ICRC temporarily withdrew its staff from Gisenyi and Ruhengeri to the capital, Kigali. Discussions are still under way to find an approach which will allow the ICRC to continue its humanitarian work in the region.