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Central African Republic: ICRC evacuates 25 religious personnel

17-01-2003 News Release 03/04

Geneva (ICRC) – At the request of all parties, a team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) yesterday evacuated 25 religious personnel from the north of the Central African Republic to Chad on humanitarian grounds.

This morning, they were handed over to representatives of the ecclesiastical communities and consular services concerned in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. Those concerned are from a number of countries: Brazil, the Central African Republic, France, Italy, Madagascar and Poland.

The ICRC thanks the governments of the Central African Republic and of Chad, and all other parties involved, for having allowed it to conduct this operation from Chad (chosen both in view of the urgency of the situation and for logistical reasons).

In accordance with its mandate, the ICRC takes this opportunity to remind all parties to the conflict of their obligation to abide by the principles and rules of international humanitarian law applicable in conflicts, especially those that stipulate respect for civilians and for the goods essential to their survival.

The ICRC is working in this region from its regional delegation in Cameroon and its offices in Chad and the Central African Republic. Among its activities in these countries, the organization visits detainees, supports medical facilities that treat war wounded and promotes international humanitarian law among the armed forces, security forces and political authorities.

 Further information:  

 Zoran Jovanovic, ICRC Yaoundé, tel. ++237 223 94 25 or mobile ++237 991 46 77  

 Juan Martinez, ICRC Geneva, tel. ++41 22 730 22 81