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Nepal: ICRC improves jail conditions

21-07-2008 News Release 08/130

Kathmandu (ICRC) – Many of Nepal's jails are in need of repair. Kapilvastu District Jail is one of a number of places of detention where the water and habitat unit of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)has been busy bringing basic infrastructure up to international standards.

The ICRC's work has improved the water supply, facilitated food preparation and created a dining space in keeping with proper hygiene conditions. At a cost of well over one million Nepalese rupees, the project at Kapilvastu started in October 2006 and will be inaugurated by Sthaneswar Devkota, director general of Nepal's Prison Management Department, on 22 July 2008.

" The ICRC is pleased to announce that the detainees at Kapilvastu will now enjoy improved facilities, " said André Paquet, deputy head of the ICRC delegation of in Kathmandu. " However, it remains the responsibility of the Nepalese government to ensure that the conditions of detention at Kapilvastu and other places of detention across the country are in keeping with basic standards. "

Among other activities aimed at assisting and protecting victims of armed conflict, the ICRC carries out emergency water and sanitation projects for communities, hospitals and places of detention affected by fighting. Several of these projects are tapping renewable and environmentally friendly energy sources. Nationwide the ICRC has completed or is working on 37 water and habitat projects, 21 of them in places of detention.

  For further information, please contact:
  Bijan Frederic Farnoudi , ICRC Kathmandu, tel: +977 1 4482285 or + 977 98510 34638