150 years of humanitarian action: protecting prisoners
02-07-2013 Photo gallery
The ICRC’s concern for the fate of prisoners dates back to the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. The first visits by ICRC delegates to prisoner-of-war camps, in order to inspect how prisoners were treated and their living conditions, took place during the First World War. Today, the protection of prisoners and detainees remains a key part of our activities. In 2012, ICRC delegates visited more than 500,000 detainees in 97 countries or territories.