Red Cross and Red Crescent mourns death of ICRC colleague

Published: 3 October 2014

Geneva, 3 October 2014 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) including its 189 member National Red Cross and Crescent Societies around the world, is deeply saddened by the death of an International Red Cross Committee (ICRC) staff, Laurent DuPasquier, in Donetsk yesterday. According to the ICRC, the 38-year-old Swiss national, an administrator in the organization’s office in the city, was killed when a shell landed near the premises.

We wish to express our unwavering support and solidarity with our sister organization, the ICRC, and join them in conveying our sincerest condolences and sympathies to the family members and friends of Mr DuPasquier.

We understand that there were also other civilian casualties reported in Donetsk yesterday. We remind all parties involved in the hostilities that indiscriminate shelling of residential areas is unacceptable and violates international humanitarian law.

For further information, please contact:

  • Benoit Matsha-Carpentier, Team Leader, Public Communications, IFRC Geneva

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