World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Panama: ICRC Visits North Koreans Held At Fort Sherman Base

Panama: ICRC Visits North Koreans Held At Fort Sherman Military Base

Geneva/Mexico (ICRC) – At the request of the Panamanian authorities, staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited citizens of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea being held at Fort Sherman military base on 24 July. The ICRC personnel included a medical expert and an interpreter.

"Visits of this kind are conducted for humanitarian reasons," said Karl Mattli, head of the ICRC’s regional delegation in Mexico. "ICRC delegates assess the conditions of detention and treatment, and check whether the detainees' basic needs are being met in accordance with international regulations. These include access to medical attention. ICRC staff also hold private one-to-one interviews with the detainees."

In keeping with the ICRC's customary working procedures, delegates only discuss findings and recommendations regarding detainee welfare with the authorities concerned, on a strictly bilateral and confidential basis.

The ICRC is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization that visits people deprived of their liberty in more than 90 countries.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Snap Election In Britain

The election call is entirely opportunistic and self-serving and will – regardless of the outcome – put Britain in a worse negotiating position for managing its Brexit. More>>

Turkey: Observers Say Erdogan’s Constitutional Referendum Flawed

Lack of equal opportunities, one-sided media coverage and limitations on fundamental freedoms created unlevel playing field in Turkey’s constitutional referendum, international observers say. More>>

ALSO:

Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>

ALSO:

Amnesty: Campaign Mass Hangings And Extermination At Syrian Prison

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people ... More>>

Russian Hack Job?: White House - Actions In Response To Russian Malicious Cyber Activity & Harassment

President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. More>>

Israel/Palestine: Michael Field - Background To How Israel Nearly Went To War With New Zealand

New Zealand and Senegal managed to get the United Nations Security Council to pass resolution 2334 which said Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel's conflict with Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news