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ICRC deplores murder of employee in Cambodia

03-01-1997 News Release 97/01

Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mr Chin Chun, a local employee of the ICRC's tracing agency in Cambodia, who was murdered in the course of his duties last Wednesday. Mr Chin Chun was returning from a remote part of Ampil district in the north-west of the country when he was stopped by two armed men wearing military fatigues who wanted to steal the motorcycle he was riding. According to witnesses, Mr Chin Chun was shot dead during the incident. The two men involved have since been arrested by a local army unit.

Mr Chin Chun, 36, was married with five children. He had been working for the ICRC since  1992.

The rapid rise of crime in Cambodia is a source of much concern to the ICRC, and is forcing it to review its working procedures. The additional security measures now required are increasingly hampering its operations.

The ICRC has been working in Cambodia since 1979 to assist the victims of the protracted conflict that has ravaged the country. At present it is focusing its efforts on helping the victims of the many millions of landmines strewn in paddy fields and forests and on roads and paths. In 1996 alone, the ICRC's orthopaedic centre in Battambang produced and fitted prostheses for well over 1,000 amputees, including many children. The ICRC also runs the Cambodian national blood bank.

The ICRC expresses its heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mr Chin Chun.