06.11.2013 â The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT)
has urged the 47 Council of Europe member states to ensure the accurate and
timely reporting of medical evidence of ill-treatment of detained persons, in
order to facilitate investigations.
annual report published today, the Committee points out that the documenting
and reporting of medical evidence of ill-treatment is unsatisfactory in many
European states. The procedures in place do not always guarantee that injuries
borne by detained persons will be recorded appropriately and reported to the
The CPT stresses that when persons enter prisons, they should
be properly interviewed and physically examined by a health-care professional
within 24 hours. This procedure should also be followed when a prisoner who has
been returned to police custody for investigative reasons is brought back to
prison. As a matter of principle, the CPT argues in favour of ending the
practice of returning prisoners to police custody, as it entails a high risk of
ill-treatment; instead, any further questioning should take place on prison
âThe documenting and reporting of medical evidence is
essential for investigating cases of possible ill-treatment and holding
perpetrators to account, which is the strongest deterrent against future abuse.
It is crucial that health-care professionals working in prisons or other places
of deprivation of liberty automatically report injuries indicative of
ill-treatment to an independent authority. This is often not happening in
practiceâ, said LÉtif HÃ¼seynov, the CPT President.
The CPTÂ´s annual report contains information on the 21 visits
it carried out between August 2012 and July 2013.
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) organises visits to places of
detention in the 47 Council of Europe member states in order to assess how
persons deprived of their liberty are treated. These places include prisons,
juvenile detention centres, police stations, holding centres for immigration
detainees, psychiatric hospitals and social care homes. After each visit, the
CPT prepares a report containing its findings and recommendations.
Giuseppe Zaffuto, Media officer, Tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24
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