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Sudan: Release of seven detainees

21-09-2000 News Release 00/36

On 17 September the Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA) handed over to the ICRC seven members of the Sudanese armed forces who had been detained in the town of Kurmuk. With the agreement of both the Sudanese government and the SPLA, the released detainees were then flown from the Blue Nile state to Khartoum aboard an ICRC plane.

The seven detainees had all been registered and regularly visited by the ICRC during their captivity. In accordance with the organization's usual procedures, ICRC delegates spoke to each of them in private to ensure that they were returning home of their own free will.

ICRC delegates regularly visit persons held by the SPLA in connection with the conflict and monitor their conditions of detention in accordance with the rules of international humanitarian law. During these visits, the detainees are also given the opportunity to correspond with their families by means of Red Cross messages.