IRRC No. 284

The role of the doctor in ICRC visits to prisoners

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The ICRC visits prisoners all over the world, whether they are prisoners of war in camps or political detainees held in prisons or police stations. In 1990, ICRC delegates visited more than 84,000 prisoners in about 40 countries. These visits are made by teams of delegates, the number of whom varies depending on the number of prisoners to be seen. Each team is made up of Swiss delegates specially trained to carry out such visits, including at least one doctor

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