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CPT factsheet on immigration detention

Strasbourg 15/03/2017
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Immigration detention is a primary focus of the work of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT).

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 detention
  • Suitable premises
  • Adequate material conditions for longer stays (over 24 hours)
  • Open regime
  • Qualified staff
  • Procedures for discipline, segregation and means of restraint
  • Effective monitoring and complaints mechanisms
  • Adequate health care
  • Care of vulnerable persons (in particular children)

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