News archive [2012]


Council of Europe anti-torture Committee announces visits to ten states in 2013 to monitor the situation of persons deprived of their liberty
In 2013, as part of its programme of periodic visits, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) intends to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the following ten countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Poland, San Marino, the Slovak Republic, Turkey and Ukraine. Persons in possession of information concerning deprivation of liberty in any of these countries which they believe could assist the CPT are invited to bring it to the Committee’s attention. The CPT will also organise ad hoc visits whenever it considers this is required by the circumstances. (More ...)

The role of international cooperation in tackling sexual violence against children
[30/11/2012] What is the role of international cooperation in tackling sexual violence against children? Can new approaches and strategies be identified and promoted? These themes were discussed at an international conference in Rome on 29-30 November 2012. (More ...)

International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women: Thorbjørn Jagland calls on Governments to ratify treaty
"Every day in Europe women are victims of violence just because they are women. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November reminds us all that we need to fight this violation of human rights.The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women contains all the measures that need to be taken to prevent violence, protect the victims and end impunity. I therefore call on governments across Europe to assume their responsibility to protect and empower millions of European women by ratifying the Council of Europe Convention. The Convention has been signed by 24 member states and ratified by Turkey. Nine more ratifications are needed for the Convention to enter into force. The best pledge that European governments can make on 25 November is to sign and ratify the Council of Europe Convention". (More ...)

Conference in Ankara to step up progress in combating violence against children
[28/11/2012] How to effectively implement integrated national strategies against violence and strengthen child protection systems? How to improve accountability and responsiveness when safeguarding children’s rights and eliminating violence? These questions were considered at a European conference on 27 and 28 November in Ankara organised by the Government of Turkey, the Council of Europe and UNICEF. (More ...)

“Keep me safe”: Council of Europe documentary launched
On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, the Council of Europe has launched a television and web documentary “Keep me safe”. This documentary illustrates good practices taking place in different member states through prevention, education and protection of victims, and through promoting child-friendly justice.
Link to documentary

Council of Europe anti-torture Committee urges states to set up national bodies to monitor places of deprivation of liberty
In its annual report, published today, the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) urges all Council of Europe member states to ratify a UN treaty and establish independent national bodies to monitor the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty. “Monitoring mechanisms at national level can intervene frequently and rapidly, and so are able to make an enormous contribution to the prevention of ill-treatment. That is why it is essential that independent structures of this kind are set up without delay in all countries. They will also be a valuable source of information for the CPT and can bolster the monitoring work the Committee is doing, in particular by following up the implementation of its recommendations”, said Lətif Hüseynov, CPT president.
CPT website