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Chad: ICRC holds seminar on health, water and living conditions in detention facilities

18-01-2011 News Release 11/08

N'Djamena (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held a seminar in N'Djamena today on health, water and living conditions in places of detention. The aim was to promote the sharing of experience and best practice among prison professionals.

Those attending included senior officials from the justice and health ministries, the directors of the country's main detention facilities, and the heads of health-related services and of employment within the national gendarmerie.

The ICRC was represented by its head of delegation in N'Djamena, Judith Greenwood, who emphasized the open and constructive dialogue between the participants and the ICRC. "We were able to organize this seminar thanks to the good relations between the Chadian authorities and the ICRC."

ICRC specialists in water, accommodation, sanitation and health in places of detention also took part in the seminar.

The ICRC is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization. It is the organization of record for issues relating to detainee welfare in Chad. On its regular visits to places of detention in the country, it talks with detainees and endeavours to improve their living conditions.

The ICRC has been working in Chad since 1978. In addition to its delegation in N'Djamena it has a sub-delegation in Abéché. Its activities in the country are mainly concerned with providing protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other violence.

For further information, please contact:
Jean-Luc Noverraz, ICRC Chad, tel: +235 66 20 10 05 or +235 22 52 03 16