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Nagorny Karabakh: ICRC granted access to all detainees

09-08-2002 News Release 02/32

On 6 August the de facto authorities of Nagorny Karabakh signed an agreement with the ICRC granting the organization's delegates access to all places of detention and all categories of detainees being held in Nagorny Karabakh.

Visits to places of detention are conducted in accordance with the ICRC's standard working procedures, which include holding private interviews with detainees and repeating the visits as frequently as is deemed necessary.

The ICRC welcomes the signing of this agreement and is looking forward to strengthening further its dialogue on humanitarian issues with the de facto authorities of Nagorny Karabakh.

The ICRC has been visiting persons detained in Nagorny Karabakh in connection with the conflict in the region since 1992.