Myanmar lifts ban on Red Cross

Aid group allowed to reopen field offices but still cannot make prison visits.

    The ICRC remains barred from
    accessing prisons in Myanmar

    Thierry Ribaux, deputy head of the ICRC delegation, said on Thursday that during the meeting, Major-General Maung Oo, the home minister, "confirmed that our field offices in border areas could reopen, and we take good note of that".
     
    "It is indeed an improvement," he said, but noted that "works in border areas and how to continue with the activities in remote border areas still need to be discussed".
     
    The ICRC remains barred from accessing prisons in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
     
    Discussions with the government have failed to end the ban imposed last December.
     
    Ribaux said the ICRC would continue to talk to the government to gain access to prisons.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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