The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is opening an office in Bishkek, Sergei Katkov, who heads the Justice Ministry's department for reform and development of the penal system, told kabar.kg on 3 February. The ICRC has worked actively with Central Asian governments through its regional representation in Tashkent for many years. The Bishkek office will open following an agreement between the Kyrgyz Justice Ministry and the ICRC on assistance to the medical facilities of the penal system. The Red Cross will also provide dieticians to help penal-system employees provide inmates with adequate nutrition on the amount supplied by the state for feeding of prisoners, officially 36 soms (about $0.84) per day.
KNNA Kabar, February 03, 2004