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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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Anti-torture committee warns against the impact of austerity measures on the conditions of detention in prisons

06/05/2021

In its annual report for 2020, the CPT recalls that in many of its visits over the years it has found a failure to meet the basic needs of prisoners in certain establishments, which could lead to situations in which prisoners are exposed to inhuman and degrading treatment. The Committee points...

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The CPT publishes report on Finland

05/05/2021

The main objective of the visit was to review the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by the police and in immigration detention, as well as the situation of prisoners. The delegation further carried out visits to two State Residential Schools and to the psychiatric units of Helsinki...

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

14/04/2021

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published today the response of the Moldovan authorities to the report on the Committee’s periodic visit to the Republic of Moldova, which took place from 28 January to 7...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee carries out an 11-day visit to Switzerland

06/04/2021

The aim of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of persons deprived of their liberty in seven cantons of the Swiss Confederation. Particular attention was paid to the situation of persons deprived of their liberty by the police, persons held in remand detention or...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee carries out 11-day visit to Serbia

23/03/2021

In the course of the visit, the CPT’s delegation examined the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons detained by law enforcement agencies. It also looked into the treatment and conditions of detention of persons held in three prison establishments, both on remand and sentenced. A further...

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

18/03/2021

The response has been made public under an automatic publication procedure introduced by the Ukrainian authorities. The CPT's report was published in December 2020. Read the response Read the report The CPT and Ukraine

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Bulgarian response to the report on the 2020 ad hoc visit

15/03/2021

In the report the CPT had made recommendations on the treatment of patients in psychiatric hospitals and residents of social care institutions. The response has been made public under an automatic publication procedure introduced by the Bulgarian authorities in 2015. Read the response in English,...

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Council of Europe’s anti-torture Committee calls on Malta to improve the treatment of detained migrants

10/03/2021

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 ad hoc visit to Malta focussing on immigration detention, which took place from 17 to 22 September 2020, together with the response of the...

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The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) held its 104th plenary meeting from 1 to 5 March 2021

08/03/2021

During the session, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Finland, Monaco and Spain in September 2020 and on its ad hoc visits to Kosovo* (October 2020) and North Macedonia (December 2020). These reports will be transmitted in due course to the respective authorities. In...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Sweden

01/02/2021

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a periodic visit to Sweden from 18 to 29 January 2021. It was the Committee's sixth periodic visit to the country. The main objective of the visit was...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Turkey

27/01/2021

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. Particular attention was paid to the situation of women, juvenile prisoners and...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Azerbaijan

23/12/2020

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

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CPT factsheet on social care establishments

21/12/2020

Since 1990, the CPT has visited over 100 social care establishments in various Council of Europe member States and has developed a detailed set of standards. They are described in a new factsheet, prepared by the CPT’s Secretariat. The CPT is particularly concerned about the situation of...

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Videoconference meeting with European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly

17/12/2020

On 16 December 2020, Mark Kelly, 1st Vice-President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), held a videoconference meeting with Ms Emily O’Reilly, Ombudsman of the European Union, in order to exchange views on various issues of mutual interest for the protection of persons...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Germany

15/12/2020

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 forensic psychiatric patients in two Länder. In this connection,...

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The CPT publishes report on Ukraine

15/12/2020

The main objective of the visit was to review the treatment of persons held in penitentiary institutions, in particular at two correctional colonies in the Kharkiv area, namely Colonies Nos. 25 and 100. The visit to Colony No. 100 also provided an opportunity to review the situation of prisoners...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) visits North Macedonia and hold talks with the Prime Minister on the need to improve the treatment of persons held in prisons

11/12/2020

The talks held with both Prime Minister Zaev and Minister of Justice Bojan Maricikj highlighted the necessity for North Macedonia to establish a professional prison service with clear reporting lines and effective management oversight. The steps required to provide minimum conditions of detention...

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CPT representatives hold videoconference meeting with EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson

04/12/2020

On 3 December 2020, Mykola Gnatovskyy, President and Mark Kelly, 1st Vice-President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) held a videoconference meeting with Ms Ylva Johansson, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, in order to exchange views on various issues of mutual...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee urges Bulgaria to stop physical ill-treatment of psychiatric patients and social care residents and to immediately cease the shameful practice of using chains as a means of restraint

02/12/2020

The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has published today the report on its ad hoc visit to Bulgaria, which took place from 10 to 21 August 2020. The report has been made public under the automatic publication procedure introduced by the Bulgarian authorities. In...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee announces periodic visits to ten countries in 2021

30/11/2020

The Committee intends to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the following countries: Austria Bulgaria Latvia Lithuania Russian Federation Serbia* Sweden* Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom. Persons and organisations in possession of relevant information concerning the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes 7th periodic visit report on Ireland

24/11/2020

The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has today published a report on its seventh periodic visit to Ireland, which took place from 23 September to 4 October 2019, together with the response of the Irish Government. Both documents have been made public at the...

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Council of Europe’s anti-torture Committee calls on Greece to reform its immigration detention system and stop pushbacks

19/11/2020

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 ad hoc visit to Greece, which took place from 13 to 17 March 2020, together with the response of the Greek authorities. In the report, the...

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Council of Europe Anti-torture committee urges Portugal to tackle police ill-treatment and police impunity

13/11/2020

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 ad hoc visit to Portugal, which took place from 3 to 12 December 2019, together with the response of the Portuguese authorities. In the...

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The CPT holds its November 2020 plenary

10/11/2020

Due to restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting was exceptionally held entirely via video conference. During the session, the Committee adopted the reports on its ad hoc visits to Bulgaria (August 2020), Croatia (August 2020), France (July 2020), Malta (September 2020) and...

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

28/10/2020

The objective of the visit was to review the implementation of the CPT's long-standing recommendations concerning the treatment of persons in police custody. The delegation’s findings during the 2019 ad hoc visit clearly indicated that persons taken into police custody in Poland continued to risk...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Kosovo*

20/10/2020

It was the CPT’s fourth visit on the basis of an agreement signed in 2004 between the Council of Europe and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). In the course of the visit, the delegation examined the treatment and conditions of detention of persons held in several...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on the United Kingdom focusing on Scottish prisons

08/10/2020

The aim of the visit was to follow up on certain issues of concern to the Committee that had been raised in its report on the 2018 visit to Scotland, notably the use of segregation and mental health care for women prisoners. Issues of overcrowding and long-term segregation in the male custodial...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee carries out a 15-day visit to Spain

29/09/2020

In the course of the visit, the CPT’s delegation examined the treatment and conditions of detention of men and women held in several prisons and in the two penitentiary psychiatric hospitals of Alicante and Seville, as well as in a detention centre for juveniles in Algeciras. Further, the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee undertakes rapid reaction visit to Malta to examine treatment of migrants

24/09/2020

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation examined the conditions of detention for, and treatment of, migrants deprived of their liberty, including families with young children and unaccompanied and separated minors. It visited various places where migrants are being held, notably the detention and...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Principality of Monaco

23/09/2020

The objective of the visit was to assess how persons deprived of their liberty are treated and to strengthen, if necessary, their protection from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In this context, the delegation examined the measures taken by the Monegasque authorities in...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Finland

22/09/2020

The objective of the visit was to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty with a view to strengthening, if necessary, their protection from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In this context, the delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Finnish...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Moldova

15/09/2020

The main objective of the visit was to assess the progress made in the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations following the previous visits. In this context, the delegation paid particular attention to the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes the response of the Danish authorities to the report on the 2019 visit

01/09/2020

The response has been made public under the automatic publication procedure introduced by the Danish authorities. The response to paragraph 117 of the report was published in March 2020. Read the response Read the report (published in January 2020) The CPT and Denmark

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The CPT visits Bulgaria

24/08/2020

The main objective of the visit was to examine whether any progress has been made by the Bulgarian authorities since the 2017 periodic visit of the CPT as regards the implementation of its recommendations concerning the treatment, conditions and legal safeguards offered to psychiatric patients...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee carries out rapid reaction visit to Croatia to examine treatment of migrants

18/08/2020

The CPT delegation visited a number of border police stations in Croatia as well as the country’s main reception centre for foreigners (Ježevo) in order to examine the conditions of detention and formal pre-removal procedures. The delegation also visited several temporary reception centres and...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Ukraine

14/08/2020

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment of persons held in penitentiary institutions, including prisoners serving a life sentence. To this end, the CPT’s delegation visited three correctional colonies: No. 25 in Kharkiv, No. 100 in Temnivka (Kharkiv region) and No. 77 in...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes two reports on Turkey

05/08/2020

The main objective of the 2017 and 2019 visits was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of persons detained by the police/gendarmerie. To this end, the CPT’s delegation interviewed hundreds of persons who were or had recently been held in police custody, including on suspicion of...

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