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Peru: Aid for detainees being held at high-altitude prison

06-08-1998 News Release 98/31

Owing to the facility's extreme isolation, the ICRC has from time to time been supplying aid to the high-security Challapalca prison in the Peruvian department of Tacna. In addition to distributing blankets and recreational material, the ICRC has provided financial assistance to enable families of the some 100 penal-law detainees held there to travel to the prison, which is situated at an elevation of over 5,000 metres.

In the second quarter of 1998, the ICRC continued its protection work in behalf of security detainees in Peru. In all, 1,148 such detainees were visited in 22 places, including an institution for minors in Lima and a new prison for women in Junin department.