Nepal: 37 detainees released
06-04-2004 News Release 04/25
Geneva (ICRC) – On 6 April, 33 members of the Nepal Police, two Royal Nepalese Army personnel, the Chief District Officer of Myagdi and one other civil servant were released by the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN-Maoist) and handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
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Acting in its capacity as a neutral and independent intermediary recognized by both parties to the conflict, the ICRC conducted the operation in accordance with its standard procedures.
A team of six ICRC delegates, including a medical delegate, spoke with each of the 37 detainees in private before their release. The delegates then traveled with them by helicopter to Kathmandu, where they were handed over to representatives of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The ICRC has been working with the parties to the conflict in Nepal since 1998 as an impartial, neutral and independent humanitarian organization whose purpose is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence. It took part in a similar release operation in October 2001 when 25 policemen were handed over to the Nepal Police in Nepalgunj.
For further information, please contact:
Nicolas Bachmann, ICRC Kathmandu, tel. ++977 98 10 34 638 or ++977 1 44 82 285
Eros Bosisio, ICRC Geneva, tel ++41 22 730 21 01