Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Malta

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 the visit carried out to Malta in January 2004, together with the responses of the Maltese Government. These documents have been made public following a decision of the Maltese authorities.
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In its report, the CPT examined in depth the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty under the immigration legislation. The Committee made a certain number of recommendations concerning the fundamental safeguards to be offered to such persons and their conditions of detention. It also requested detailed information on several enquiries carried out into allegations of ill-treatment made by immigration detainees vis-à-vis law enforcement agencies.

In their responses, the Maltese authorities mention several measures taken following the CPT’s recommendations, mainly relating to conditions of detention and legal safeguards. They also provide information concerning ongoing enquiries.

The CPT's visit report and the Maltese Government's responses are available on the Committee's website: