Juba/Khartoum/Cairo/Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has facilitated the repatriation of 13 Sudanese prisoners of war to Khartoum after their release by the South Sudanese authorities.
The repatriation took place under the auspices of the Egyptian government, which also provided the transport to Khartoum.
After being handed over yesterday to the ICRC, the prisoners of war were accompanied by ICRC delegates as they travelled from Juba via Cairo to Khartoum, where they were placed in the care of representatives of the Sudanese government early this morning.
“We’re extremely pleased to have brought these men back to their home country,” said Melker Mabeck, the head of the ICRC delegation in Juba. “The repatriation of these 13 men confirms the ICRC‘s role as a trusted neutral intermediary. We remind the parties that the ICRC is entitled to access to all prisoners of war in order to carry out its humanitarian work.”
During international armed conflicts, the ICRC is entitled under international humanitarian law to visit all prisoners of war. The visits are carried out to monitor detention conditions and ensure that prisoners are properly treated. The ICRC registers prisoners in order to keep track of their whereabouts, to prevent disappearances
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