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Reference : V-P-LR-E-00556
Date : 13/03/2012
Country/Region : LIBERIA
Caption : Bong County, near the Ivorian border, refugee camp. Released internees arrive at the refugee camp, where their friends and families give them a joyful welcome, singing and dancing.
Photographer : YAZDI, Pedram
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, Photo gallery, 24-04-2012

Liberia: from internment to release

On 13 March 2012, the Liberian authorities released 69 Côte d’Ivoire nationals from an internment camp in Liberia and the ICRC transported them to a refugee camp near the Ivorian border. After the post-electoral violence in Côte d'Ivoire, thousands of Ivorians took refuge in Liberia. Some of them were detained by the Liberian authorities under a special regime: internment. An ICRC delegate, an internee and the manager of the camp tell their stories.

Internment, or administrative detention, is an exceptional measure that allows national authorities to deprive people of their freedom who have not committed any crime, but are nevertheless seen as posing a threat to state security or public order.

On 13 March 2012, the ICRC took George and 68 other internees to a refugee camp near the Ivorian border. Some of the ex-internees were reunited with their families in the camp, while others, like George, will rejoin their families in Côte d'Ivoire.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4256x2832
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour