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close this bookICRC Activities in Rwanda: 1993 - 6 April 2000 (International Committee of the Red Cross , 230 p.)
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ICRC NEWS N° 21/24 May 1995

RWANDA

PRISON CONDITIONS STILL APPALLING

In view of the extreme emergency caused by overcrowding in Rwandan detention centres, the ICRC feels compelled to play an active role in building detention facilities on a new site capable of housing some 5,000 individuals. This project will go some way to relieving the pressure of numbers. The ICRC has agreed to undertake this unusual task because everything possible must be done to save human lives. The ICRC expects the Rwandan government, with support from UNDP, UNAMIR and other organizations, to act without delay to construct other temporary detention facilities.

Prison conditions in Rwanda remain alarming. To date, the ICRC has registered over 43,000 detainees. They are all packed into detention centres with no effective judicial system available to investigate their cases, try the accused or release the innocent.

Conditions are dreadful in the prisons where most of the detainees are being held. In some they do not even have enough room to sit down. They have nevertheless been able to survive with assistance from the ICRC, which is supplying them with water, food and medical care. ICRC delegates visit the prisons every day to give each detainee his life-sustaining rations of food and water. In some prisons the delegates have difficulty in moving around because of the huge numbers of detainees.

The ICRC applauds any initiative taken to hasten the entry into operation of the International Tribunal established to try those responsible for the Rwandan genocide.

Further information: Sophie Bonefeld, ICRC Kigali, Tel.: ++ 250 72 781/5 or
Renuc Thz, ICRC Geneva, Tel.: ++ 41 22 730 2265