From the field - Starting to visit detainees in Bahrain

Starting to visit detainees in Bahrain - Protester in Manama, December 7, 2011 - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Hamad I, Mohammed

Starting to visit detainees in Bahrain - Protester in Manama, December 7, 2011 - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Hamad I, Mohammed

Last Thursday, head of ICRC regional delegation in Kuwait Gérard Peytrignet signed a memorandum of understanding with Bahraini authorities that allows us to start visiting detainees in the country.

Under the agreement, ICRC delegates will soon visit all detainees in all places of detention under the responsibility of the Ministry of the Interior.

The ICRC had offered its humanitarian services as soon as violence broke out in Bahrain last February.

Mr. Peytrignet explains why the agreement signed last week is a significant step for the detainees, for Bahrain and for the ICRC.