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South Lebanon: end of first ICRC visit to detainees in Khiam detention centre

25-10-1995 News Release 43

On Tuesday 24 October, an ICRC team completed a visit to Khiam prison that started on 9 October. The delegates examined the conditions of detention there, while the ICRC doctor assessed the medical situation. During that period, four Arabic-speaking delegates conducted private interviews with 191 detainees, including 8 women.

It was the first time that the ICRC was granted access to the detention centre since it opened more than 10 years ago. In accordance with its customary procedure, the ICRC will transmit its findings and recommendations in a confidential report to the authorities concerned and will repeat its visits at regular intervals. The visit was carried out under the mandate conferred on the ICRC by the Geneva Conventions.