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Southern Sudan: not forgotten

17-04-1996 News Release 96/15

An ICRC team has just completed a visit to prisoners held by the Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in a detention centre in the southernmost region of Sudan. The visit, which took place between 10 and 12 April, was conducted in full conformity with the institution's standard procedures. ICRC delegates were allowed to register the prisoners and to hold private interviews with those who so requested. The prisoners also had the opportunity to write Red Cross messages to their families.

ICRC detention activities in southern Sudan resumed early this year. In January, following successful negotiations with the SPLA, delegates visited 229 prisoners held in connection with the conflict in the region.

The ICRC is pursuing its contacts with all the parties concerned with a view to gaining access to all persons detained in relation to the ongoing war in the south.