Practice Relating to Rule 128. Release and Return of Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
The Report on the Practice of Algeria states: “According to the documentation published by the FLN [Front de Libération Nationale], one can conclude that a large number of prisoners were eventually released and repatriated, often through the ICRC.”
During the Algerian war of independence, it was reported that:
Since the proclamation of the Provisional Government of the Algerian Republic in September 1958, 40 French soldiers who had been taken prisoner were released by the ALN [Armée de Libération Nationale] without any condition. 20 were released in Algeria and 20 others were released in Tunisia and Morocco, through the Algerian Red Crescent.
The Report on the Practice of Algeria states that, according to publications of the Armée de Libération Nationale (ALN), a large number of prisoners were eventually released during the Algerian war of independence, often through the intermediary of the ICRC.