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Liberia: Detainees visited

19-11-1998 News Release 98/46

After receiving authorization from the Ministries of Defence and Justice to enter Monrovia's central and military prisons, ICRC delegates went to the prisons from 9 to 12 November to visit persons arrested in connection with the clashes that had taken place in the capital in September.

The visits took place in accordance with the ICRC's standard working procedures and the delegates were able to assess the general conditions of detention in the two prisons. They subsequently discussed their findings with the relevant authorities.

In the military prison, the delegates identified a need for structural improvements in the areas of water supply, sanitation and waste disposal. These will be met in cooperation with the detaining authorities. The ICRC also intends to provide blankets, personal hygiene items and water containers for the newly registered prisoners.