61st Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 16 March 2005

Of the many people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence every year, it is often those who are deprived of liberty that are at a particular risk of physical or mental abuse, disappearance, and whose immediate needs such as food, water and medical care are often not adequately met.

About the author

Jakob Kellenberger
Former president of the ICRC

Dr. Jakob Kellenberger was the President of the ICRC from August 1998 until June 2012.