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Maldives: ICRC visits persons detained following recent disturbances

19-08-2005 News Release 05/43

Geneva (ICRC) – Delegates of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have started visits to persons detained following disturbances that occurred in the Maldives’ capital, Male, on 12 and 13 August.

The visits are taking place under the terms of an agreement signed between the ICRC and the Republic of Maldives on 5 October 2004 that grants the organization access to all persons detained and all places of detention in the country.

The visits are being carried out by a team of four   delegates from the ICRC’s regional delegation in New Delhi. The purpose of the visits is to monitor the conditions of detention and treatment of detainees and, if necessary, to help restore contact between detainees and their families. The ICRC's findings will be submitted only to the authorities concerned. An earlier round of visits took place in April of this year.

ICRC detention visits are conducted in accordance with a set of standard procedures which include private interviews with detainees of the ICRC's choice, repeated visits and the registration of detainees. In 2004 ICRC delegates visited over 2,400 places of detention in 80 countries worldwide, where they had access to some 570,000 detainees.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Caspar Landolt, ICRC New Delhi, tel. +91 11 2435 4394  

 Vincent Lusser, ICRC Geneva, tel. +41 22 730 2426