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Rwanda: ICRC repatriates Zimbabwean prisoner of war

06-04-2000 News Release 00/12

The ICRC repatriated a member of the Zimbabwean Defence Forces on 5 April who had been captured in connection with the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and was being held in Kigali, Rwanda. The decision to release the prisoner of war was taken by the Rwandan authorities on medical grounds, in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. The prisoner had been registered and regularly visited by the ICRC during his captivity in Rwanda.

In 1999, the ICRC repatriated from Rwanda a member of the Zimbabwean Defence Forces in April and three others in October. In July, a member of the Rwandan Patriotic Army detained in Zimbabwe was returned to Rwanda. Those repatriations were also carried out on medical grounds.

The ICRC will continue offering its services to all parties in order to help them meet their obligations under international humanitarian law, in particular the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977.