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Indonesia: ICRC committed to improve environmental health in prisons

31-03-2011 News Release 11/88

Jakarta (ICRC) – The Directorate General of Corrections of the Indonesian Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance their cooperation aiming at improving the environmental health of correctional institutions and State custody centres all over Indonesia.

"We are pleased to formalize the ongoing cooperation between the ICRC and the prison administration," said Sylvie Thoral, deputy head of the ICRC's regional delegation in Jakarta. "We hope that this memorandum of understanding will enable the ICRC to soon focus on a new dimension – environmental health – when it visits people held in places of detention. The main objective in Indonesia, as elsewhere in the approximately 75 countries around the world where the ICRC conducts such visits, is to monitor the conditions in which detainees are being held and the treatment they receive."

The ICRC has long experience visiting places of detention in Indonesia and has always maintained a constructive dialogue with the authorities on the best ways to address needs and resolve problems. Over the last several years, the ICRC has carried out a number of projects in cooperation with the authorities aimed at improving hygiene conditions in places of detention.

For further information, please contact:
Patrick Mégevand, ICRC Jakarta, tel: +62 811 982 549
Wirakhman M. Soemantri, ICRC Jakarta, tel: +62 21 739 67 56 or +62 811 985 781