Back Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds high-level talks in Sweden

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 Stockholm, Sweden.

The main objective of the talks, which took place on 18 October 2016, was to discuss the implementation of the CPT’s long-standing recommendations aiming at significantly reducing both the scope and duration of restrictions on association and contacts with the outside world imposed on remand prisoners. The talks were also an opportunity to learn about other developments since the CPT’s last visit to Sweden (2015), including as regards the regime and activities for remand prisoners and prisoners held in conditions of high security, the role of prison health-care staff in preventing ill-treatment of persons deprived of their liberty, and prisoners’ visiting entitlement and access to a telephone. Discussions were also held on matters related with immigration detention and legal safeguards against ill-treatment of persons in police custody. The talks took place in an open and positive atmosphere, in the spirit of the principle of co-operation.

The CPT’s representatives were George TUGUSHI, Georg HØYER and Therese RYTTER (members of the Committee) accompanied by Borys WÓDZ (Head of Division at the CPT’s Secretariat). They met Morgan JOHANSSON, Minister for Justice and Migration, Anders PERKLEV, Prosecutor General, Nils ÖBERG, Director General of the Prison and Probation Service, and several other senior officials from the above-mentioned entities. 

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