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ICRC to visit detainees in Tunisia

28-04-2005 News Release 05/23

Geneva (ICRC) – Following a constructive dialogue, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Tunisian authorities signed an agreement on 26 April governing the ICRC's humanitarian activities in Tunisia.

Under the agreement, the ICRC will be able to regularly visit all places of detention in Tunisia in accordance with its customary working procedures. The purpose of the visits will be to assess the conditions of detention and the treatment of persons deprived of their freedom. The resulting reports will be submitted exclusively to the Tunisian authorities and will serve as the basis for a dialogue intended to ensure that those deprived of their freedom enjoy conditions and treatment in keeping with human dignity.

The visits will begin in the near future and will be organized by the ICRC's regional delegation in Tunis.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Mohamed Ben Ahmed, ICRC Tunis, tel. + 216 71 960 179 or + 216 98 200 926  

 Dorothea Krimitsas, ICRC Geneva, tel. + 41 22 730 25 90 or + 41 79 251 93 18