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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Slovenia

The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has today published the report on its third periodic visit to Slovenia in February 2006, together with the Slovenian authorities’ response. Both documents have been made public at the request of the Slovenian Government.
15/02/2008
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The majority of the persons interviewed during the visit indicated that they had been treated by the police in a correct manner. Nevertheless, a few allegations of physical ill-treatment by police officers were received, which concerned mainly the time of apprehension and less frequently subsequent questioning. The CPT has recommended that the Slovenian authorities remind police officers, through appropriate means and at regular intervals, that the ill-treatment of detainees (whether of a physical or verbal nature) is not acceptable and will be the subject of severe sanctions. The report also criticises the practice of restraining of detained persons in a hyper-extended position with hand and ankle cuffs linked together behind the back.

As regards prisons, most inmates interviewed by the delegation considered that prison staff treated them correctly. However, the CPT’s delegation received several allegations of physical ill-treatment by staff at Koper and Ljubljana prisons. Further, the CPT was concerned by the lack of progress as regards remand prisoners’ conditions of detention. Overcrowding continued to be an issue in the remand section at Ljubljana Prison, and remand prisoners were not offered anything which remotely resembled a programme of activities. Conditions at Ig Prison were in general satisfactory, and they were of a good standard at Koper Prison and Radeče Re-education Centre for young persons

No allegations of ill-treatment were received at the Fužine Home for Elderly Persons in Ljubljana. The CPT was impressed by the commitment of staff to providing the best possible care. Further, living conditions were of a high standard. As regards treatment, the CPT has recommended an increase in the range of therapeutic, rehabilitative and recreational activities, which will require more qualified staff.

In their response, the Slovenian authorities provide information on the measures being taken to address the concerns raised in the CPT’s report.

The CPT’s visit report and the response of the Slovenian Government are available in English on the CPT’s website: http://www.cpt.coe.int