Visits to detainees and protection work now underway in Mali

Visits to detainees and protection work now underway in Mali - Diabaly, Jan. 21 - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Joe Penney

Visits to detainees and protection work now underway in Mali - Diabaly, Jan. 21 - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Joe Penney

A colleague and I visited a Malian place of detention two days ago in Mopti to register detainees and monitor their treatment and conditions of detention. 

It was first time ICRC delegates visited persons held in relation to the current conflict.

Despite being unnacustomed to ICRC visits, detaining authorites respected key modalities and we were able to see all detainees in private, as we do worldwide. More detainees will be visited by our Bamako team in coming days.

The ICRC was formally granted access to detainees across Mali and starting to visit places of detention in the field was a priority. Another was to start documenting allegations of exactions against the civilian population that recently surfaced in the public arena.

With these essential activities now well underway, Jean-Nicolas Marti, head of our regional delegation in Niger-Mali, explains how we tackle detention and protection issues in what remains a very fluid environment where access to the field can still be a challenge.

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