Humanitarian appeal

Bern, Press release, 01.04.2009

  • It is now more than 70 days since one woman and two men were taken hostage on the island of Jolo in the Philippines. The Federal Council is deeply concerned about their situation and the threats that have been made to their lives.
  • These three ICRC workers went to the Philippines, in particular to Jolo, to help the local people in purely humanitarian ways. We implore the kidnappers to show compassion and to release Mary Jean, Andreas and Eugenio without further delay and in good health. The three hostages have dedicated their lives to the cause of peace and to helping the most disadvantaged people in the world.
  • Switzerland will not cease in its efforts and to work in close co-operation with the ICRC, the governments of the Philippines and Italy to find a peaceful outcome to this hostage taking.
  • We appeal to your sense of humanity. Please spare the lives of the hostages.

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