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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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The CPT visits France

10/07/2020

The aim of the visit was to assess the situation of persons deprived of their liberty in Alsace, a region particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The delegation visited various detention facilities in order to examine the measures taken to protect both persons deprived of their liberty...

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COVID-19: CPT issues follow-up statement

09/07/2020

“The CPT would like to express its appreciation for the constructive and detailed written responses received from almost all member States. The information provided suggests that, in many States, steps have been taken promptly to protect persons deprived of their liberty from possible infection...

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The CPT holds its 102nd plenary meeting

07/07/2020

The meeting was the first of its kind at the Council of Europe with 25 members of the Committee physically attending; the rest participating via video conference. During this plenary session, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Armenia (December 2019), France (December...

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June: European and UN anti-torture bodies emphasise the absolute nature of the prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment

26/06/2020

“As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to emphasise the absolute nature of the prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. As a captive population, persons deprived of their liberty are particularly vulnerable to violations of this...

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

25/06/2020

In the report the CPT had made recommendations on the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody and in penitentiary establishments, as well as the treatment, conditions and legal safeguards offered to psychiatric patients. The response of the Icelandic authorities has...

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CPT’s 2019 annual report: 30 years preventing torture and ill-treatment

27/05/2020

“The CPT’s 30th anniversary in 2019 was an opportunity to take stock of the committee’s achievements and to analyse the challenges we face, such as prison overcrowding, immigration detention, involuntary treatment of psychiatric patients or the detention of juveniles. Today, when the prohibition...

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

30/04/2020

This targeted follow-up visit to England focussed on the persistently high levels of violence in the local male adult prisons and juvenile detention centres, as well as on broader concerns regarding regimes, the use of force, segregation and use of means of restraint. The visit followed up on...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Greece

09/04/2020

The main objective of the visit was to examine the situation in prisons and to evaluate whether any progress had been made in implementing the Committee’s previous recommendations in relation to overcrowding, high levels of inter-prisoner violence, chronic staffing shortages, inadequate material...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Ukrainian response to the report on the 2019 ad hoc visit

02/04/2020

In the report the CPT had made recommendations on the treatment of residents in psycho-neurological institutions ("internats"). The response has been made public under an automatic publication procedure introduced by the Ukrainian authorities in 2014. Read the response Read the report (published...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on France

24/03/2020

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of persons deprived of their liberty under immigration and asylum law. The main conclusions of the CPT are set out in the executive summary of the report. In their response, the French authorities provide...

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COVID-19: Council of Europe anti-torture Committee issues “Statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty”

20/03/2020

“The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has created extraordinary challenges for the authorities of all member States of the Council of Europe”, says Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the CPT. “There are specific and intense challenges for staff working in various places of deprivation of...

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Η Επιτροπή κατά των Βασανιστηρίων πραγματοποιεί επίσκεψη ταχείας αντίδρασης στην Ελλάδα με σκοπό να εξετάσει την μεταχείριση των μεταναστών

17/03/2020

Κατά τη διάρκεια της επίσκεψης, η αντιπροσωπεία της CPT εξέτασε τις συνθήκες κράτησης των μεταναστών μεταξύ των οποίων ήταν και έγκυοι καθώς και οικογένειες με μικρά παιδιά και βρέφη. Η Επιτροπή επισκέφθηκε αστυνομικά τμήματα και τμήματα συνοριακής φύλαξης και άλλες εγκαταστάσεις μακράς κράτησης...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Hungary

17/03/2020

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation of persons in police custody, prisoners placed in HSR units (special regime units for prisoners serving long sentences, including life sentences) and juvenile prisoners, as well as persons placed in social care homes, and to assess the...

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The CPT holds its March 2020 plenary meeting

09/03/2020

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visit to Ireland (September/October 2019), and on its ad hoc visits to Poland (September 2019), the Russian Federation (October 2019) and to the United Kingdom (October 2019). These reports will be sent in due course to the...

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

03/03/2020

The response concerns the CPT’s comments and recommendations on the Ellebæk Centre for Foreigners and Nykøbing Falster Holding Centre. The Danish Government has made this response public. A full response by the Danish authorities is due in May 2020. Read the response

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Albanian response to the report on the 2018 visit

27/02/2020

In the report the CPT had made recommendations on treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody, prisons, civil and forensic psychiatric establishments and, for the first time in Albania, in an immigration detention centre. The response has been made public under an automatic...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Moldova

11/02/2020

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation assessed 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 report on Spain focusing on prison and police establishments in Catalonia

04/02/2020

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation in police and prison establishments in the autonomous community of Catalonia and to assess the progress made since the CPT’s previous visits to this region in 2011 and 2012. The report focuses in particular on the situation of prisoners placed...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Iceland

28/01/2020

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Icelandic 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 publishes report on Italy, focusing on prison establishments

21/01/2020

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation of prisoners placed under high and maximum security regime (the so-called “41-bis regime”) as well as various “isolation” and segregation measures (such as court-imposed isolation to life-sentenced prisoners). The delegation also reviewed the...

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The CPT publishes report on Ukraine

14/01/2020

The aim of the visit was to examine the treatment of residents of Psycho-neurological Institutions (“Internats”) and, in this context, to assess the progress made as regards the implementation of previous CPT’s recommendations. For this purpose, the CPT's delegation visited the “Internat” in...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Denmark

07/01/2020

The main objective of the visit was to assess the progress made since the CPT’s previous visit in 2014. In this context, the CPT’s delegation paid particular attention to the safeguards against police ill-treatment as well as to the situation in prisons and establishments for detained migrants,...

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The CPT visits France

20/12/2019

The delegation examined the conditions of detention in three remand prisons where overcrowding was a problem. It carefully observed the regime applied to specific categories of sentenced persons, including those placed in units for “radicalised” detainees. Attention was also paid to the situation...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee carries out visit to North Macedonia

17/12/2019

During the visit, the delegation assessed the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and examined the situation of prisoners (including juveniles) in five prison establishments. In this regard, particular attention was paid to the measures taken by...

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The CPT visits Armenia

16/12/2019

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

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The CPT visits Portugal

16/12/2019

The purpose of the visit was to follow up on the recommendations made by the CPT in its report on the 2016 periodic visit to Portugal regarding police and prison matters. To this end, the CPT’s delegation examined the treatment of persons arrested and detained by the Judicial Police, Public...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes the response of the Czech authorities to the report on the 2018 visit

06/12/2019

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the response of the Czech authorities to the report on the Committee’s sixth periodic visit to the Czech Republic, which took place from 2 to 11 October 2018....

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds talks in Greece

21/11/2019

The main objective of the talks was to discuss the action being taken by the recently elected Greek Government to address the long-standing concerns of the Committee regarding prison, police and immigration detention issues. In particular, the need to tackle the crisis in the prison system and to...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Georgian response to the report on the 2018 visit

21/11/2019

In the report the CPT had made recommendations on the treatment of persons in police custody, prisoners (in particular those in high-risk and semi-open prisons as well as juveniles), psychiatric patients and immigration detainees. The response of the Georgian authorities has been made public at...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Estonia

19/11/2019

The main objective of the visit was to assess the progress made since the CPT’s previous visit in 2012. In this context, particular attention was paid to the situation of persons in police custody and remand prisoners held in police and prison establishments. For the first time in the country,...

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100th session: the CPT holds its November 2019 plenary meeting

12/11/2019

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the CPT held a high-level conference, co-organised with the Association for the prevention of torture (APT), on the theme of “implementing safeguards in the first hours of police custody” on the afternoon of the 4th November. A ceremony marking the 30th...

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30th anniversary of the CPT: Conference and ceremony

07/11/2019

In the afternoon, a high-level conference co-organised with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and with the support of the OSCE-ODHIR, attracted experts from all 47 Council of Europe members states and beyond. After a keynote speech by Silvia Casale (Former CPT President and...

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#CPT30: The CPT celebrates its 30th anniversary

29/10/2019

The conference is being co-organised with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and will be followed by a ceremony. Both the conference and ceremony will be transmitted via live webcast. Participants are invited to tweet using the hashtag #CPT30 Conference programme Ceremony Link...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the United Kingdom

22/10/2019

The CPT’s delegation carried out a targeted follow-up visit to examine certain issues of concern to the Committee that were raised in its report on the 2018 visit to Scotland. Notably, the visit focussed on the use of segregation and mental health care for women prisoners. Issues of overcrowding...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Russian Federation

21/10/2019

In the course of the visit, the delegation met with Mikhail Galperin, Deputy Minister of Justice, and Valery Boyarinev, Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN), as well as with senior officials from the Ministry of Justice, the FSIN, the Investigative Committee, the Prosecutor...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on the United Kingdom, focusing on police and prisons in Scotland

11/10/2019

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation in police and prison establishments in Scotland and to assess the progress made since the CPT’s previous visit in 2012; specific attention was paid to inmates in segregation, in remand, women prisoners generally and to overall healthcare...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Ireland

08/10/2019

The main objective of the visit was to review the progress in the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations since its previous visit in 2014 in relation to prison matters, notably as regards the treatment of prisoners on restricted regimes and older persons in prison as well as the...

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“Eradicating torture in Europe”: Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds exchange of views with members of the Parliamentary Assembly

04/10/2019

In his opening remarks, Mykola Gnatovskyy highlighted major challenges faced by the CPT throughout Europe and summarised key issues raised in its most recent annual report, including its relations with the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT), as well as the concept of...

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