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Nepal: ICRC seeks to clarify the fate of more than 800 missing persons

14-02-2007 News Release 07/16

Kathmandu/Geneva (ICRC) – The list of names of more than 800 persons reported missing by their families is to be published tomorrow, 15th February, in Nepal by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in an attempt to obtain information on their fate.

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" Today, the ICRC has the names of more than 800 people who remain unaccounted for in the wake of the armed conflict. The families of these missing persons suffer intolerably from not knowing what has happened to their loved ones and they have the right to know " , stated Mary Werntz, Head of the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Nepal.

Under international humanitarian law, all parties to the conflict must take all feasible measures to account for persons reported missing as a result of the armed conflict and must provide their families with any information they have on their fate.

" I appeal to all families anxiously waiting for news of their missing relatives and to anyone else who may know about the fate of a person who remains unaccounted for to check our list. If your missing relative is not on the list, or if you have any information about the fate of anyone on the list, please contact the nearest Red Cross office and make sure it is informed " said Ms. Werntz, on the eve of the publication of the ICRC List of Missing Persons in Nepal .

Since it began work in Nepal in 1998, the ICRC has regularly submitted all requests concerning missing persons to the parties to the armed conflict and demanded that families be told about the fate of these persons. The ICRC and the Nepalese Red Cross are firmly committed to pursuing their efforts on behalf of the families and to alleviating their suffering.

The list will be published in the newspaper Gorkapatra on 15 February 2007 and will be available in electronic form at www.familylinks.icrc.org and www.nrcs.org.  
For further information, please contact:
  Raoul Forster, ICRC Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 4482285 or +977 98510 34638
  Carla Haddad, ICRC Geneva, Tel. +41 22 730 24 05 or +41 79 217 32 26