Ukraine: anti-torture committee concerned about police ill-treatment and poor conditions of detention of remand and life-sentenced prisoners

19/06/2017

The CPT acknowledges the Ukrainian authorities’ ongoing legislative and organisational reforms of the prison system and the efforts to reduce the prison population. That said, the CPT expresses its dismay at the appalling conditions of detention in the pre-trial establishments (SIZOs) visited, in...

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CPT visits Italy to examine the situation of persons in immigration detention

15/06/2017

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation of persons held in immigration detention in Italy. To this end, the CPT’s delegation visited the so-called “hotspots” in Lampedusa, Pozzallo and Trapani (Milo), as well as a mobile “hotspot” unit at Augusta port. Further, it was able to...

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CPT visits Serbia to look into policing matters and the situation in remand detention

09/06/2017

The focus of the visit was to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by the police and the practical application of safeguards surrounding their detention. It also looked into the manner in which complaints of ill-treatment of detained persons by police officers are handled,...

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Germany: Uneven progress in treatment of detained persons and detention conditions, says anti-torture committee

01/06/2017

During the visit, carried out in late 2015, the CPT’s delegation heard no allegations of deliberate physical ill-treatment of detained persons by police officers whilst in police custody. However, some allegations were received – in particular from foreign nationals and persons suffering from a...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Poland

30/05/2017

The visit provided an opportunity to assess the extent to which the recommendations made after previous CPT visits have been implemented. Particular attention was paid to the treatment of persons in police custody, foreign nationals detained in Border Guard establishments, remand and sentenced...

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The CPT visits Turkey

24/05/2017

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment of persons detained by the police/gendarmerie and the situation in prisons and detention centres for foreigners. To this end, the delegation interviewed a large number of detained persons in various places of detention in different...

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CPT holds high-level talks in London

27/04/2017

The objective of the talks was to discuss the implementation of the recommendations set out in the report on the CPT’s 2016 visit to the United Kingdom. The report, which was published last week (CPT/Inf (2017) 9), raises serious concerns over the lack of safety for inmates and staff in prisons...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes reports on Azerbaijan

25/04/2017

The CPT welcomes this positive step taken by the Government of Azerbaijan and encourages the authorities to ensure that it be soon followed by the publication of the remaining six still unpublished reports, concerning the periodic visits in 2011 and 2016 and ad hoc visits in 2004, 2012, 2013 and...

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CPT urges European states to hold persons in remand detention only as a measure of last resort and in adequate conditions

20/04/2017

In many European countries the persistent problem of overcrowding in prisons is due to a large extent to the high proportion of remand prisons among the total prison population. In its annual report, published today, the CPT stresses the need for member states to ensure the use, to the extent...

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CPT publishes report on its UK visit: criticism levelled at spiralling violence and lack of safety in prisons; and inadequate safeguards to protect patients in mental health settings highlighted

19/04/2017

In the report, the CPT welcomes the recent recognition by the authorities to reform the prison system of England and Wales. Yet, it underlines that unless concrete, determined and swift action is taken to significantly reduce the current prison population, the regime improvements envisaged by the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Belgium

10/04/2017

During the visit, the CPT delegation paid special attention to the situation of three categories of persons deprived of their liberty: persons held by the police, men and women prisoners (in particular high-security and remand prisoners) and psychiatric patients under an “internment” measure in a...

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CPT publishes report on France

07/04/2017

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation paid particular attention to the conditions of detention in three remand prisons affected by severe overcrowding as well as to the regime applied to certain categories of sentenced prisoners in different establishments, including in a unit for “radicalised”...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Slovenia

06/04/2017

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation assessed progress made since previous visits and the extent to which the Committee’s recommendations have been implemented. Particular attention was paid to the treatment of and safeguards offered to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds high-level talks in Lithuania

06/04/2017

The objective of the talks, which took place in Vilnius on 4 April 2017, was to present to members of the new Government (formed after the October 2016 Parliamentary elections) the main findings of the report on the CPT’s periodic visit carried out in September 2016, adopted by the CPT at its...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee announces visits to eight states in 2018

04/04/2017

The Committee intends to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the following countries: Albania Andorra Czech Republic Georgia Hungary Norway Romania Slovak Republic Persons in possession of information concerning deprivation of liberty in any of these countries which they...

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CPT President meets Frontex Director

03/04/2017

On Friday 31 March, the President of the CPT, Mr Mykola Gnatovskyy, and the CPT’s Executive Secretary, Mr Jeroen Schokkenbroek, met the Executive Director of Frontex (the European Border and Coast Guard Agency), Mr Fabrice Leggeri, to discuss cooperation between the two bodies. The meeting took...

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The CPT visits Croatia

27/03/2017

The CPT’s delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Croatian authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its 2012 visit. Particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons held in prisons and in one correctional institution for...

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CPT publishes standards on means of restraint in psychiatric establishments for adults

21/03/2017

In the light of previous publications on this subject matter and its findings during many visits in recent years to both civil and forensic psychiatric establishments in various European countries, the CPT has decided to review its standards regarding the use of means of restraint and to...

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The CPT publishes response of the Moldovan authorities

16/03/2017

The response has been made public under an automatic publication procedure introduced by the Moldovan authorities in 2011.1 The CPT’s report on the September 2015 visit was published on 30 June 2016. Read the response Read the CPT's report 1 According to this procedure, all future CPT reports on...

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CPT factsheet on immigration detention

15/03/2017

The CPT has carried out hundreds of visits to places of immigration detention, and has developed a detailed set of standards. They are described in this new factsheet, prepared by the CPT’s Secretariat. In particular, the CPT’s standards concern: Detention as a last resort Safeguards during...

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CPT holds its March 2017 plenary meeting

13/03/2017

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Lithuania (carried out in September 2016), Portugal (September/October 2016) and Spain (September/October 2016), and on its ad hoc visits to Ukraine (November 2016) and to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes response of the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina

02/03/2017

The response has been made public at the request of the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The CPT’s report on the September/October 2015 visit was published on 5 July 2016. Read the response Read the CPT's report The CPT and Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds high-level talks in Azerbaijan

22/02/2017

The objective of the talks, which took place on 16 and 17 February 2017, was to discuss the state of co-operation between the CPT and the Azerbaijani authorities and, in particular, the implementation of the CPT’s long-standing recommendations concerning law enforcement agencies, prisons,...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the United Kingdom Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus

17/02/2017

The visit provided an opportunity to examine the treatment and safeguards in place for persons deprived of their liberty by the SBA Police and the British Forces Cyprus and to assess the conditions of detention and treatment of persons held in Dhekelia Prison. The CPT’s delegation also briefly...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Cyprus

14/02/2017

The CPT’s delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Cypriot authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its 2013 visit. To this end, it examined the treatment of persons detained by the police (including immigration detainees) and the safeguards offered to them....

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Albania

13/02/2017

The main objective of the visit was to review progress made as regards the implementation of recommendations made by the Committee in the report on its 2014 visit. Particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody and the situation of remand...

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CPT publishes report on the Netherlands

19/01/2017

One of the main objectives of the visit was to examine the treatment and care of patients placed in penitentiary psychiatric centres. The CPT’s delegation also examined, for the first time, the situation of patients placed against their will in two civil psychiatric hospitals. Further, three...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Russian Federation

16/12/2016

The CPT’s delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Russian authorities in response to recommendations made by the Committee after its previous visits. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody and penitentiary...

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Italy and Spain: CPT reports critical that safeguards for foreign nationals returned by air not adequate

15/12/2016

The CPT’s delegations monitored all phases of both joint removal operations. No allegations of physical ill-treatment of detained persons by staff were received and the escort staff were, in general, supportive of the needs of the foreign nationals. The CPT is not fully convinced of the policy of...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee carries out targeted visit to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

13/12/2016

The primary objective of the visit was to look into the conditions of detention and treatment of inmates at Idrizovo Prison, in which some two-thirds of the country’s prisoners are held. Since 2006, the CPT has repeatedly criticised the situation in this establishment, stating that the conditions...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Ukraine

02/12/2016

One of the objectives of the visit was to examine the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons detained by law enforcement agencies. For this purpose, the CPT’s delegation interviewed a considerable number of persons who are or have recently been in the custody of the National Police and the...

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CPT President participates in conference marking the 10th anniversary of OPCAT

24/11/2016

During his address to the participants, Mr Gnatovskyy congratulated the SPT colleagues, as well as the colleagues from the various national preventive mechanisms present, and expressed his deep appreciation for their work. He also stressed the importance of synergies between preventive bodies on...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Armenia

22/11/2016

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Armenian authorities in response to the recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. Particular attention was paid to the safeguards against ill-treatment of persons in police custody and the material...

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CPT holds its November 2016 plenary meeting

21/11/2016

During this meeting, it adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Azerbaijan (March/April 2016), Italy (April 2016), Latvia (April 2016), the Netherlands (May 2016) and Liechtenstein (June 2016), and on its ad hoc visits to Greece (April and July 2016) and to Turkey (August/September 2016)....

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Intolerable detention conditions in certain Belgian prisons during May 2016 strikes, says Council of Europe's anti-torture committee

18/11/2016

In the establishments visited, virtually all the prison staff were absent from their posts, and the prisons were functioning solely due to the efforts of management staff and a handful of volunteer prison and health service employees assisted by police officers or other reassigned staff. Even...

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The CPT publishes report on 2015 ad hoc visit to Hungary

03/11/2016

The CPT’s visit took place in the context of the arrival of an unprecedented number of foreign nationals to Hungary. The purpose of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of foreign nationals deprived of their liberty under aliens legislation or the amended criminal...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds high-level talks in Sweden

25/10/2016

The main objective of the talks, which took place on 18 October 2016, was to discuss the implementation of the CPT’s long-standing recommendations aiming at significantly reducing both the scope and duration of restrictions on association and contacts with the outside world imposed on remand...

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The CPT publishes report on Malta

25/10/2016

The report focuses on the treatment of persons in police custody and the safeguards afforded to them, the situation at Corradino Correctional Facility and at Mount Carmel Psychiatric Hospital, as well as the treatment of persons in two facilities for immigration detention. It also examines the...

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The CPT visits Spain

13/10/2016

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation reviewed the treatment of persons detained by various police services (in particular the Policía Nacional and the Guardia Civil). Particular attention was given to the application in practice of safeguards against ill-treatment in the light of the recent...

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The CPT visits Portugal

11/10/2016

The visit was an opportunity for the delegation to assess the progress made since the previous CPT visits to Portugal in 2012 and 2013. To this end, the delegation reviewed the treatment of persons detained by law enforcement agencies, notably the Judicial Police, Public Security Police and...

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The CPT visits Lithuania

20/09/2016

In the course of the visit, the delegation had consultations with Paulius GRICIŪNAS, Deputy Minister of Justice, Artūras NORKEVIČIUS, Deputy Minister of the Interior, Algirdas ŠEŠELGIS, Deputy Minister of Social Security and Labour, Jūratė SABALIENĖ, Deputy Minister of Health, Evaldas PAŠILIS,...

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The CPT publishes report on Kosovo*

08/09/2016

The report focuses on the measures taken by the relevant authorities following the recommendations made by the Committee after its previous visit (in 2010). In this connection, particular attention is paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody and the situation...

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The CPT visits Turkey

07/09/2016

The purpose of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of persons who have been detained in connection with the recent military coup attempt. To this end, the delegation interviewed in private several hundred persons in various prisons and police establishments in the...

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The CPT visits "hotspots" in Greece

26/07/2016

One of the primary purposes of the visit was to examine the situation in the “Reception and Identification Centres” (so-called “hotspots”) on the islands of Chios, Lesvos and Samos and to evaluate any developments since the Committee’s April 2016 visit. The delegation also visited a number of...

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The CPT holds its July 2016 plenary meeting

11/07/2016

During this meeting, it adopted the reports on its periodic visits to France (November 2015), Germany (November/December 2015) and the United Kingdom (March/April 2016), and on its ad hoc visits to the North Caucasian region of the Russian Federation (February 2016), Spain (treatment of foreign...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Bosnia and Herzegovina

05/07/2016

The report focuses on the treatment of persons in police custody, the situation in the prisons of both Entities and psychiatric facilities in the Sarajevo Canton. It also assesses the extent to which the recommendations made after previous CPT visits in 2011 and 2012 have been implemented. The...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on the Republic of Moldova

30/06/2016

The information gathered during the visit indicated that the situation as regards the treatment of persons detained by the police in the Republic of Moldova had improved since the Committee’s previous visit in 2011. The great majority of persons interviewed by the CPT’s delegation who were, or...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Liechtenstein

27/06/2016

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Liechtenstein authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its previous visits. In this context, the CPT’s delegation paid particular attention to the treatment and conditions of detention of prisoners...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Serbia

24/06/2016

The report highlights that a significant number of allegations of physical ill-treatment of criminal suspects by police officers were received in the course of the visit. The allegations concerned primarily slaps, punches, truncheon blows, prolonged handcuffing in stressed positions but also acts...

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June

European and UN anti-torture bodies: duty to protect dignity of detained persons more relevant than ever in current global context of instability and economic crisis

24/06/2016

Malcolm Evans, Chairperson of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (SPT), and Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the Council of Europe European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or degrading Treatment or Punishment...

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