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ICRCsigns landmark agreement with Kyrgyz Government

20-10-2004 News Release

The following was issued as a press release by the ICRC delegation in Tashkent on 7 October 2004

The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the ICRC have signed an agreement “on the status, privileges and immunities of the ICRC in the Kyrgyz Republic”. The agreement is a necessary basis to assure the conduct of the ICRC's humanitarian activities in the country.

The signing ceremony was conducted at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bishkek, in the presence of Talantbek Choibekovich Kushchubekov, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, and Rolin Wavre, head of the ICRC regional delegation for Central Asia.

In Kyrgyzstan, the ICRC continues to make regular visits to all places of detention under the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice. The purpose of these visits is to assess the physical, material and psychological conditions of the detainees and make recommendations to the concerned authorities about its findings. The ICRC conducted a tuberculosis assessment in places of detention during the first half of 2004 and its findings have been discussed with the authorities.

It also works with the Kyrgyz Red Crescent Society on its mine awareness programme.

In addition, in cooperation with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education and the Kyrgyz Red Crescent Society, the ICRC has developed a manual for the course " Man and Society " taught at secondary schools in the Kyrgyz Republic and has distributed over 90,000 copies.

In an effort to help bring national legislation into line with international humanitarian law (IHL) requirements, the ICRC has worked with the Kyrgyz government on the preparation of a law on the protection of the Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems.

 For further information, please contact:  

    

 Graziella Leite Piccolo, Communication Delegate  

 ICRC Tashkent, tel.: (998 71) 120 5290, 120 5291, 120 5292  

    

 ICRC Bishkek, tel.: (996 502) 66 7820, 66 7636