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Uzbekistan: ICRC resumes detention visits

13-03-2008 News Release 08/42

Geneva/Tashkent (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has resumed visiting places of detention in Uzbekistan, after more than three years of negotiations with the authorities.

" Constructive dialogue between the ICRC and Uzbek officials has led to the resumption of our humanitarian activities in favour of detained persons, " said Yves Giovannoni, the head of the ICRC’s regional delegation in Tashkent.

" We've reached an agreement with the authorities that enables us to conduct our visits in Uzbekistan, as elsewhere in the world, in accordance with standard ICRC working procedures. This means that we will be able to talk with detainees in private and will have access to all detainees and to all premises in the places of detention. "

The visits will take place over an initial six-month trial period, during which time ICRC delegates will evaluate the treatment of detainees and the conditions in Uzbek detention centres.

As part of its humanitarian mandate, the ICRC visits almost half a million detainees in more than 70 countries every year. Its findings and recommendations are confidential and shared directly with the authorities in charge.

  For further information, please contact:
  Raoul Forster, ICRC Tashkent, tel : +998 97 103 36 70
  Anna Nelson, ICRC Geneva, tel : +41 79 217 32 64