Practice Relating to Rule 124. ICRC Access to Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
El Salvador’s Soldiers’ Manual provides that the prisoners’ “control book”, which contains the names of all civilian and combatant detainees, shall be notified to the ICRC the day of its visit to the detention centre.
The manual states that one of the principal functions of the ICRC is to visit prisoners and to talk with them without witnesses.
In 1983, in a statement before the Human Rights Committee, El Salvador reported that an agreement had been signed by the Salvadoran Government to enable the ICRC to be notified of the detention of prisoners and to visit and interview them with a doctor and without government witnesses.
In 1987, it emphasized that the ICRC was informed of arrests and could visit detainees in any detention centre whatsoever.