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Zambia: ICRC visits security detainees

11-02-1998 News Release 98/06

An ICRC team consisting of two delegates and a doctor was in Zambia from 19 January to 7  February, during which time they visited 94 security detainees and provided them with basic hygiene articles. They also met former President Kenneth Kaunda, currently assigned to residence. All these people were visited in accordance with the ICRC's customary working procedures.

Following the attempted coup d'état of 28 October 1997, the ICRC had submitted an offer of services to the Zambian authorities to visit persons detained in connection with the events; the offer was accepted in mid-January.