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Peru: Breakthrough

18-12-1997 News Release 97/50

After President Alberto Fujimori announced last week that the ICRC could at last resume its visits to persons convicted of " terrorism and treason " , a team of delegates, including a doctor, conducted a surprise visit to the women's prison of Santa Monica de Chorrillos. During the visit, the ICRC was able to follow its customary procedures. The ICRC welcomes this breakthrough, which will go some way to enabling it to meet its humanitarian obligations in Peru.

Before the hostage-taking at the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima on 17 December 1996, visits to detainees (over 4,000 people at the time) were one of the ICRC's major activities in the country. These visits were suspended by the authorities as a  result of the hostage crisis. A new series will begin in early 1998.