Feb 18, 2019
Head of Delegation of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Visits CAPS

On 16th February, Head of Delegation of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to Afghanistan Mr. Juan Pedro Schaerer visited Center for Conflict and Peace Studies (CAPS) and met CAPS Chairman Mr. Hekmat Karzai.  Mr. Karzai welcomed Mr. Schaerer to CAPS and provided an overview of the centre’s activities.
Mr. Schaerer noted that ICRC is providing humanitarian and medical assistance for detainees on both sides the conflict and are able to operate in Northern provinces of Afghanistan but unfortunately ICRC reduced their activities in eastern provinces of Afghanistan due to security treats to their employees.

Mr. Karzai extended gratitude to Mr. Schaerer for the work ICRC had undertaken in difficult circumstances. Both sides discussed problems and challenges that detainees face in detention centers, including access to health facilities. They also discussed the security situation throughout the country.

Finally, Mr. Karzai suggested a follow up meeting between CAPS with ICRC to further coordinate and identify areas of mutual collaboration.

Research Analyst Mustafa Hotaki and CAPS Advisory Shura Member (CAS), Allah Dad Balkhi also participated in the meeting.