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Colombia: Wounded policemen handed over to ICRC

28-10-1999 News Release 99/43

On Saturday 23 October the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), the principal guerrilla group in the country, handed over two policemen wounded in an armed incident to ICRC delegates and Colombian Red Cross volunteers. The two men, who had been given first aid by their captors, were evacuated to medical facilities after their condition had been assessed by the Red Cross team. The handover took place in Santander de Quilichao, in the southern department of Cauca.

This operation was an important sign of respect for international humanitarian law in a country like Colombia, where organizations such as the ICRC strive on a daily basis to ensure that those bearing weapons show greater compliance with the humanitarian rules.