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Sri Lanka: ICRC urges warring parties to spare wounded and prisoners

08-11-1999 News Release 99/64

Geneva (ICRC) - The International Committee of the Red Cross is deeply concerned about the safety of wounded combatants and those captured during recent engagements in northern Sri Lanka. Past fighting in the country has unfortunately often left many dead and few prisoners.

The ICRC reminds both the Sri Lankan government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of their obligation to comply with international humanitarian law. It urgently calls on all those involved in the fighting to ensure that combatants who have laid down their arms should be spared. The captured must be treated humanely and the wounded collected and cared for without discrimination.