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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 Czechia from 16 to 26 April 2024. It was the Committee’s ninth visit to this country.
Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) visits Czechia

In the course of the visit, the delegation examined the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and the treatment of persons in prison and their conditions of detention. Further, it assessed the situation of persons subjected to the measure of security detention and juveniles placed in an educational institution. Particular attention was paid to the measures taken by the authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its previous visits.

During the visit, the delegation held consultations with Karel Dvořák, Deputy Minister of Justice, Josef Pavlovic, Deputy Minister of Health, Simon Michailidis, Director General of the Prison Service, David Fulka, Deputy Police President, as well as other senior officials from the Ministries and services concerned.

The delegation also met Vít Alexander Schorm, Deputy Public Defender of Rights (Deputy Ombudsperson), and Milan Svoboda, Head of the National Preventive Mechanism Department of the Public Defender’s Office (NPM). Further, meetings were held with representatives of the Prague Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and non‑governmental organisations active in areas of concern to the CPT.

At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the Czech authorities.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:

  • Vincent Delbos (Head of Delegation)
  • Slavica Dimitrievska
  • Slava Novak
  • Aleksandar Tomčuk
  • Victor Zaharia.

They were supported by Petr Hnátík and Kelly Sipp of the Committee's Secretariat, and assisted by two experts, Dagmar Breznoščáková, psychiatrist, former Vice-president of the Slovak Psychiatric Association, and Jake Hard, prison doctor, United Kingdom.


The delegation visited the following places of deprivation of liberty:

Police establishments

  • Beroun Territorial Police Department
  • Prague II – New Town District Police Department
  • Prague IV – Pankrác District Police Department
  • Žďár nad Sázavou District Police Department

Establishments operating under the authority of the Ministry of Justice

  • Oráčov Prison
  • Rýnovice Prison
  • Valdice Prison
  • Opava Security Detention Institute
  • Prague – Pankrác Security Detention Institute

The delegation also went to Ostrava and Prague – Pankrác Remand Prisons in order to interview newly admitted remand prisoners who had recently been in police custody.

Juvenile educational institution

  • Olešnice Educational Institution
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