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Central African Republic: ICRC visits detained civilians and rebel soldiers

16-01-1997 News Release 97/02

On 8 January an ICRC delegate visited 46 people held in Bangui by the Central African gendarmerie in connection with the mutiny that started in mid-November last year. Among those being held are nine rebel soldiers captured by French troops during their operation on 5  January and then handed over to the gendarmerie nationale . Some of the detained civilians have since been released, but the soldiers remain in custody.

The delegate took note of the identity of each of the captives and checked their state of health. First-aid workers from the Central African Red Cross Society go to the gendarmerie every day in order to deliver food and basic hygiene items.

The visits are conducted with the approval of the Ministry of Defence, under a 1992 agreement between the Central African Republic and the ICRC authorizing the organization to carry out regular visits to persons held in the country for security reasons.