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Yemen: ICRC facilitates exchange of 40 people deprived of liberty in Al Dhalea

13-03-2014 News Release 14/41

Sana'a (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) facilitated the exchange today of 40 people deprived of their liberty in the southern governorate of Al Dhalea in Yemen.

"Today, at the request of the Presidential Mediation Committee, the ICRC, in its capacity as a neutral and impartial humanitarian organization, facilitated and observed the handover of 18 military service men held by the Southern Movement (Al Hirak), to the authorities in Sanah village," said Bertrand Lamon, head of the ICRC’s sub-delegation in Aden. “At the same time, we also facilitated the hand-over and transportation of 22 people released by the government in Al Dhale," Lamon added.

Last Tuesday, the ICRC also facilitated and observed a handover of 13 military men held by Al Hirak in Al Dhalea.

The ICRC took no part in the negotiations that led to the release of the detainees. Its role consisted in serving as a liaison between the parties and in helping with transport arrangements.

The ICRC also visits people deprived of their liberty as part of its core work and recently visited some of the individuals released today and on Tuesday. These visits have a purely humanitarian aim. ICRC staff talk in private with the detainees of their choice. They only discuss findings and recommendations with the authorities concerned, as part of a regular and constructive dialogue.

In keeping with its humanitarian mandate, the ICRC is ready to provide support for any similar operation in the future if asked to do so by the parties concerned.

For further information, please contact:
Marie Claire Feghali, ICRC Sana'a, tel: + 967 73 607 19 67