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Bosnia-Herzegovina: ICRC visits persons held by bosnian serb authorities after fall of Srebrenica

27-07-1995 News Release 95/35

Geneva (ICRC) - On Wednesday 26 July three delegates and a nurse of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited the Batkovic camp in north-eastern Bosnia, where some of the people detained by the Bosnian Serb authorities following the fall of the eastern Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica are being held.

The team registered the inmates and will immediately give a list of their names to the ICRC sub-delegation in Tuzla, so that their relatives can be informed and family news exchanged by means of Red Cross messages.

This is the first time that ICRC delegates have been able to enter a detention camp in the zone controlled by the Bosnian Serb authorities since the Srebrenica events. Today, 27 July, visits are due to be conducted to other places of detention in eastern Bosnia, in particular in Bratunac, north of Srebrenica.

Apart from the moral support they provide during their visits, ICRC delegates register the identity of all the detainees and have private talks with those who so wish, in order to determine whether the conditions of detention and treatment are in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. In addition such visits enable the ICRC to reassure the detainees'families and to help them keep in touch with their loved ones by the exchange of Red Cross messages.