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Reference : V-P-LK-E-00522
Date : 27/01/2015
Country/Region : SRI LANKA
Caption : Negombo prison. An ICRC delegate speaks to a police officer.
Photographer : DUFOUR, Frederic
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, article of the 29th September 2015:

" Sri Lanka: Operational update, January – August 2015.
Visiting detainees.
The ICRC visits detention centres in Sri Lanka to help authorities ensure adequate conditions of detention and treatment for all detainees, in keeping with international standards and domestic laws. Following these visits, we share any findings and recommendations with the authorities on a confidential basis.

Between January and August, ICRC staff:

visited more than 12,000 detainees in 28 places of detention, including police stations, prisons, rehabilitation centres and migrant transit centres;
helped government stakeholders in the judicial and prison system to establish a National Task Force to address the legal and judicial causes, and the consequences of overcrowding in prisons;
provided all detainees in temporary and permanent places of detention with toiletries, clothes and recreational items;
gave 44 detainees an allowance to return home following their release;
collected 32 and distributed 52 Red Cross messages between detainees and their families, and facilitated the exchange of news for 10 foreign detainees whose families are overseas;
gave over 300 families an allowance to visit their detained relatives;
provided medical equipment to four prison hospitals;
conducted a comprehensive health needs assessment of prison health services in five prisons, a prison hospital, a drug rehabilitation centre for prisoners, and three referral hospitals;
improved the living conditions of nearly 3,900 detainees through the renovation and / or construction of wards, and sanitation and water systems in three prisons. [...]"
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