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

Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) Strasbourg 1 June 2017
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Germany: Uneven progress in treatment of detained persons and detention conditions, says anti-torture committee

In the report on its most recent visit to Germany, published today, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) praises progress made to improve the treatment of detained persons and detention conditions, but also found striking contrasts between establishments visited in different Federal States (Länder).

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 mental disorder – about excessive use of force by police officers at the time of apprehension (such as punches or kicks after the person concerned had been brought under control or unduly tight handcuffing).

The CPT gained a positive impression regarding fundamental safeguards against ill-treatment, especially with regard to the rights of notification of custody and access to a doctor. But it calls on the German authorities to ensure that all detained persons benefit from access to a lawyer throughout their police custody, including during any police questioning.


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