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CPT President meets with Councillor for Justice of Catalonia (Spain)

21/06/2022

On 20 June 2022, at the Council of Europe's Paris Office, Alan Mitchell, President of the CPT, met Lourdes Ciuró i Buldó, Councillor for Justice (Consellera de Justícia) of the autonomous regional government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Cataluña), assisted by Sergi Blàzquez, Secretary for Penal...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes its report on the ad hoc visit to Georgia

16/06/2022

The objective of the visit was to review the implementation of the CPT’s recommendations made in the report on its 2018 periodic visit concerning steps required to combat the phenomena of inter-prisoner violence, intimidation and extortion and the influence of informal prisoner hierarchy in...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Montenegro

15/06/2022

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by the police as well as the conditions of detention of persons held on remand in prison. In the course of the visit, the CPT’s delegation also reviewed the implementation of the legal safeguards...

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Das Anti-Folter-Komitee des Europarats veröffentlicht einen Bericht über die Schweiz

08/06/2022

In Bezug auf Strafverfolgungsbehörden hat das CPT einige Beschwerden über übermäßige Gewaltanwendung durch Polizeibeamte erhalten und empfiehlt, die Maßnahmen zur Verhinderung von Polizeigewalt zu stärken. Das Komitee hält die in zwei Polizeistationen des Kantons Waadt beobachtete Praxis,...

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The Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Portugal

07/06/2022

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons detained by law enforcement agencies as well as the treatment and conditions of detention of persons held in prisons following up on the recommendations made by the CPT in its report on the 2019 visit....

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The Council of Europe anti-torture Committee held high-level talks in Bulgaria

07/06/2022

Representatives of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) have recently returned from high-level talks in Sofia, Bulgaria. The main objective of the talks, which took place on 31 May and 1 June 2022, was to discuss...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Netherlands

31/05/2022

In the course of the visit, the delegation assessed the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and it examined the treatment of persons in prison and their conditions of detention. The delegation also visited the extra-security facility (EBI) at Vught...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Latvia

24/05/2022

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Latvian 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 safeguards afforded to persons deprived of...

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The Council of Europe anti-torture Committee and Development Bank held high-level talks on prison reform in North Macedonia

18/05/2022

On 16 May 2022, the President of the European Committee for Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), Alan Mitchell, and the Vice-Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), Tomáš Boček, have met the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Dimitar...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes a report on Albania

26/04/2022

The main objective of the visit was to examine the situation of forensic psychiatric patients and to review the progress made as regards the implementation of the CPT’s long-standing recommendation that all such patients be transferred to a proper forensic psychiatric facility. To this end, the...

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Anti-torture committee calls for setting a limit to the number of inmates in every prison and promoting non-custodial measures

21/04/2022

In this annual report, the CPT underlines that although, over the years, some countries have achieved tangible progress in tackling prison overcrowding, this problem persists in many prisons systems, especially in establishments accommodating remand prisoners. In addition, even in countries where...

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Council of Europe anti-torture committee publishes report on Romania, highlighting that the challenges facing the prison system remain extensive

14/04/2022

The CPT calls for the reform of the prison system as outlined in the updated Action Plan for the period 2020-2025 to be vigorously pursued. Improving the living conditions, offering a range of purposeful activities for prisoners to assist them in preparing for reintegration into the community,...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee carries out 12-day visit to Italy

11/04/2022

In the course of the visit, the CPT’s delegation assessed the treatment and the conditions of detention in which persons were held in four prison establishments and it also examined the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by law enforcement agencies. In addition, the delegation...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Poland

05/04/2022

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Polish authorities in response to the recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody,...

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Statement from the CPT President

31.03.2022

Following the Committee of Ministers’ Resolution CM/Res(2022)2 of 16 March 2022, the Russian Federation ceased to be a member of the Council of Europe as from 16 March 2022. Resolution CM/Res(2022)3, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 23 March 2022, further specifies, among other things,...

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The Russian Federation is excluded from the Council of Europe

22/03/2022

In an extraordinary meeting, on the morning of 16 March 2022, the Committee of Ministers decided, in the context of the procedure launched under Article 8 of the Statute of the Council of Europe, that the Russian Federation ceases to be a member of the Council of Europe as from that date, after...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on its 2021 periodic visit to Serbia

10/03/2022

In the course of the visit, a significant number of credible allegations of torture and other forms of ill-treatment of detained persons by police officers were received by the CPT’s delegation. These allegations consisted of slaps, punches, kicks and truncheon blows as well as the application of...

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The CPT held its first plenary meeting in 2022

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) held its 107th plenary meeting in Strasbourg from 28 February to 4 March 2022. The meeting took place in a hybrid format with most members attending in person. During this meeting, the CPT...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes the response of the Croatian authorities to the report on the 2020 ad hoc visit on migration issues

01/03/2022

The response has been made public at the request of the Croatian authorities following the recent high-level talks held between the President of the CPT and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of Croatia, on 4 February 2022 in Strasbourg. Read the response: in English; in...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes the response of the Swedish authorities to the report on the 2021 visit

25/02/2022

The response has been made public under the automatic publication procedure introduced by the Swedish authorities. The CPT's report was published in September 2021. Read the response Read the report The CPT and Sweden

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) President holds high-level talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of Croatia on migration issues

08/02/2022

The talks focussed on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the CPT’s report on the 2020 ad hoc visit to Croatia, published on 3 December 2021. The CPT’s President reiterated the necessity for the Croatian authorities to maintain a constant vigilance to ensure that migrants...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Lithuania

21/12/2021

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of persons held in police and prison establishments as well as of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation. The delegation also reviewed the legal safeguards offered to involuntary psychiatric...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Austria

08/12/2021

The delegation examined the treatment and conditions of detention of persons held in several prisons. It also assessed the situation of persons subjected to the court‑imposed measure of involuntary forensic placement (Massnahmenvollzug) and of involuntary patients in a civil psychiatric hospital....

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee carries out visit to prisons in Greece

06/12/2021

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment of prisoners and to review the progress made by the authorities in implementing the Committee’s recommendations made over the past 10 years, in particularly regarding overcrowding and poor conditions of detention, inter-prisoner...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on its 2020 ad hoc visit to Croatia

03/12/2021

In a report on Croatia published today, the CPT urges the Croatian authorities to take determined action to stop migrants being ill-treated by police officers and to ensure that cases of alleged ill-treatment are investigated effectively. The Committee carried out a rapid reaction visit to...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Albania and holds high-level talks with the Albanian authorities

30/11/2021

The main objective of the visit was to review the progress made as regards the implementation of the CPT’s long-standing recommendation that all forensic psychiatric patients be transferred to a proper forensic psychiatric facility. To this end, the CPT’s delegation visited Zaharia Special...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) visits Belgium

15/11/2021

The delegation visited Antwerp, Lantin, St-Gilles and Ypres Prisons and paid particular attention to issues such as material conditions, overcrowding, activities, health-care services (including the situation in psychiatric annexes), staff - especially in the context of prison staff strikes and...

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Anti-torture Committee publishes 2020 visit report on police and prisons in Spain

09/11/2021

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the report on its periodic to Spain, which took place from 14 to 28 September 2020, together with the response of the Spanish authorities. In the course of...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee issues public statement on Bulgaria

04/11/2021

The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has issued a public statement on Bulgaria today. This Statement, which is made in application of Article 10 (2) of the Convention establishing the Committee,[1] addresses the...

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The CPT holds its October 2021 plenary meeting

04/11/2021

During this meeting, the CPT adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Switzerland (March/April 2021) and the United Kingdom (June 2021) as well as on its ad hoc visits to Georgia and Romania (both in May 2021). These reports will be sent in due course to the respective Governments.[1] The...

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In remembrance of our dear colleague Patrick Müller

29/10/2021

Patrick sadly passed away on 14 October 2021. He joined the CPT Secretariat in 1996, working in the field of information management and documentation and acting as the focal point for CPT contacts with the media. More recently, he also participated in CPT visits, contributing to the Committee’s...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) President holds high-level talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of Croatia on migration issues

19/10/2021

The talks were held in an open and constructive atmosphere, focusing on the challenges facing Croatia to manage its extensive land borders and the migration flows into the country. There was mutual recognition that there has to be a coordinated European approach to managing the entry of large...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Bulgaria

18/10/2021

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Bulgarian authorities in response to the recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee carries out a 15-day visit to the Russian Federation

06/10/2021

In the course of the visit, particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody and penitentiary establishments, including remand prisoners and sentenced female and male prisoners in correctional colonies. Further, the delegation examined the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee carries out visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina focussed on law enforcement agencies

30/09/2021

The primary focus of the visit was to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by police agencies at the State, Entity and Cantonal levels. The treatment and conditions of detention of remand prisoners held in several prison establishments were also examined. Further, the CPT’s...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes the response of the Finnish authorities to the report on the 2020 visit

27/09/2021

The response to paragraphs 122 and 126 of the report was received in June 2021, the full response in September 2021. Both have been made public under the automatic publication procedure introduced by the Finnish authorities. The CPT's report was published in May 2021. Read the response in English...

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The CPT publishes report on Kosovo*

23/09/2021

In the course of the visit, the delegation examined the treatment and conditions of detention of persons held in several police establishments and prisons, as well as the treatment, living conditions and legal safeguards offered to civil and forensic psychiatric patients and residents in a social...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on its 2019 visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina

14/09/2021

The report states that the CPT’s delegation received numerous allegations of physical and psychological ill-treatment of detained persons by law enforcement officials within the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH). The severity of the alleged ill-treatment (e.g., falaka, rape with a...

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The CPT publishes report on Sweden

09/09/2021

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Swedish authorities in response to the recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. For this purpose, the delegation visited six police detention facilities (in Avesta, Malmö, Stockholm – Norrmalm, Södermalm...

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CPT participates in webinar to examine Scotland’s progress in preventing ill-treatment in places of detention

01/09/2021

On 25 August 2021, the CPT’s President, Alan Mitchell, and the Head of delegation for the CPT’s visits to Scotland (United Kingdom) in 2018 and 2019, Julia Kozma, participated in a webinar with criminal justice practitioners and academics to discuss a report by the Scottish subgroup of the UK...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee announces periodic visits to eight countries in 2022

29/07/2021

The Committee intends to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the following countries: Croatia Estonia Italy Netherlands Poland Portugal San Marino Ukraine Persons and organisations in possession of relevant information concerning the situation of persons deprived of...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on its 2020 visit to North Macedonia

29/07/2021

The main objective of the visit was to the examine the treatment and conditions of detention of prisoners held at Idrizovo and Skopje Prisons as well as of persons detained by the police in the Skopje area. The visit also included talks with the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the Minister of...

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105th plenary meeting of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)

06/07/2021

During the session, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Azerbaijan (December 2020), Germany (December 2020), Serbia (March 2021), Sweden (January 2021) and Turkey (January 2021). These reports will be transmitted in due course to the respective national authorities. In...

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France: anti-torture Committee deplores conditions of detention, prison overcrowding and lack of psychiatric beds

24/06/2021

As regards police establishments, while the majority of those interviewed did not report any physical ill-treatment, several people indicated that they had been deliberately beaten during their arrest or on police premises. Allegations of insults, including of a racist or homophobic nature, were...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the United Kingdom

23/06/2021

In the course of the visit, the delegation examined the treatment of persons held in prisons in England. Particular attention was paid to the impact of the restrictions imposed in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, safety and violence in prisons, situation of female prisoners and the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes 5th periodic visit report on Armenia

26/05/2021

The CPT has today published a report on its fifth periodic visit to Armenia, which took place from 2 to 12 December 2019, together with the response of the Armenian Government. Both documents have been made public at the request of the Armenian authorities. The Committee notes that the great...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) visits Georgia and holds high-level talks with the Minister of Justice on the situation in semi-open penitentiary establishments

25/05/2021

The delegation visited all three such establishments in the country: Prison No. 14 in Geguti, Prison No. 15 in Ksani and Prison No. 17 in Rustavi. Further, the delegation went to the closed-type Prison No. 2 in Kutaisi and to the secure ward of Vivamed clinic in Tbilisi in order to interview...

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The Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits prisons and police arrest detention centres in Romania

25/05/2021

The purpose of the ad hoc visit was to examine the treatment of persons held in prison and police establishments, and to evaluate the measures taken by the Romanian authorities to improve the situation since the Committee’s February 2018 visit. To this end, the CPT’s delegation visited four...

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Anti-torture Committee publishes report on Monaco

18/05/2021

The CPT received no allegations of ill-treatment and many persons deprived of their liberty said that they had been treated with respect by law enforcement officials, prison and hospital staff. On the whole, the report notes that the fundamental safeguards against ill-treatment in custody were in...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on its 2019 visit to North Macedonia

11/05/2021

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the report on its 5th periodic visit to North Macedonia conducted from 2 to 12 December 2019 together with the response from the authorities. The CPT’s...

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