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Visiting detainees

Visiting detainees

Through the Geneva Conventions, the international community has mandated the ICRC to visit both prisoners of war and civilians interned during armed conflict. Wherever possible, the ICRC also visits people detained in other situations of violence. ICRC detention visits aim to ensure that detainees, whatever the reason for their arrest and detention, are treated with dignity and humanity, in accordance with international norms and standards. ICRC delegates work with authorities to prevent abuse and to improve both the treatment of detainees and their conditions of detention. Read full overview

Facts and Figures

In 2012, the ICRC:

  • visited 540,669 detainees in 1,744 places of detention in 97 countries and territories, including detainees under the jurisdiction of international courts and tribunals;
  • monitored 26,609 of these detainees individually (including 626 women and 1,235 minors);
  • registered and visited 13,569 detainees (including 283 women and 1,085 minors) for the first time in 2012;
  • enabled 13,913 detainees to receive visits from family members;
  • issued 17,358 detention attestations.

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