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Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee gains access to NATO-run detention facilities in Kosovo*

Council of Europe experts will soon be able to visit all detention facilities in Kosovo to verify whether detention conditions comply with the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
19/07/2006
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An exchange of letter between Jaap de Hoop Scheffer on behalf of NATO, and Terry Davis on behalf of the Council of Europe, has defined the modalities of the inspections to NATO-run Kosovo Force (KFOR) detention facilities. 

CPT visits to Kosovo* will also include United Nations detention facilities in Kosovo. An agreement with UNMIK had been reached in 2004, but had not been implemented pending the outcome of negotiations with NATO.

“We have succeeded in resolving a long-standing anomaly in the human rights enforcement system in Europe. This arrangement will help us to ensure that there are no exceptions to the absolute prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment throughout the 46 member states of the Council of Europe. This is good news for human rights in Europe” said Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.