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Nepal: 39 detainees released

30-04-2004 News Release 04/33

Geneva (ICRC) – On 30 April, 38 members of the Nepal Police and one civil servant recently captured were released by the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) and handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The release took place in Nundhaki, in the Sankhuwasabha district of eastern Nepal, in the presence of representatives of the ICRC and the CPN-M.

 


Katmandu airport. Recently released Nepalese police officers and civil servants on their way home©ICRC / 04.04 / ref. np-e-00039 
Acting at the CPN-M’s request and 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 five ICRC delegates spoke with each of the 39 detainees in private before their release. The delegates then accompanied them on foot to the road-head, whereupon they were transported by bus and an ambulance of the Nepal Red Cross Society to the Dhankuta district headquarters, where they were placed in the care of the chief district officer.
 
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 similar release operations in October 2001, when 25 policemen were returned to the Nepal Police in Nepalgunj and three weeks ago, when 37 Security Forces personnel and civil servants were placed in the care of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Kathmandu.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Laurent Gisel, ICRC Kathmandu, tel. +977 98 10 34 638 or +977 1 44 82 285  

 Eros Bosisio, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 21 01