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Afghanistan: Detainees released from Panjshir prison

11-01-2002 News Release 02/02

Some 270 detainees were released in Kabul on 3 January 2002. The local authorities had informed the ICRC of their intention to release this group of detainees, recently transferred to Kabul from Do Ab prison in the Panjshir.

The detainees had been in prison for up to six years, during which time ICRC delegates regularly visited them in accordance with standard ICRC working procedures. In the Panjshir, as in all parts of Afghanistan, ICRC delegates individually register each detainee in order to follow him throughout his detention period, and assist him in re-establishing severed family links.

During the afternoon, ICRC delegates provided the ex-detainees with money so they could return to their families by public transport. The same evening, they organized buses for the next day and they were able to begin the long journey to the southern parts of Afghanistan in the early hours of 4 January, the day after their release.

ICRC delegates are currently visiting some 4,800 detainees in approximately 40 places of detention throughout Afghanistan.