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Philippines: Two detainees released under ICRC auspices

19-08-2004 News Release 04/98

On 18 August, in its capacity as a neutral intermediary, the ICRC facilitated the release of two AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) personnel held captive by the NPA (New People’s Army) since 1 March 2004.

The two detainees were handed over in the province of Camarines del Sur by an NPA custodial unit to ICRC delegates, who subsequently escorted them across the territory dividing NPA   and AFP forces. They were later handed over by the ICRC to representatives of the Philippine government.

The ICRC delegation in the Philippines initiated contacts with the NPA in early March to remind them of their obligations under international humanitarian law and express concern for the detainees’ welfare.

The ICRC was requested by both parties to facilitate the release.

While not directly involved in the release and hand-over operation, the Philippines National Red Cross stood ready to provide medical or logistical support had it been required.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Syméon Antoulas, ICRC Manila, tel. ++632 892 89 01  

 Eros Bosisio, ICRC Geneva, tel. ++41 22 730 21 01