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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 Andorra from 29 January to 2 February 2018.
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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Andorra

During the visit, the delegation examined the treatment of persons detained by the police, as well as the situation of prisoners held in the country’s sole prison, and of involuntary psychiatric patients.

In the course of the visit, the delegation held consultations with Xavier Espot, Minister of Social Affairs, Justice and the Interior, Carles Alvarez, Minister of Health, and Maria Ubach, Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as with senior officials from the relevant ministries.

The delegation also met the Prosecutor General, the President of the Court (Presidente de la Batllia), the Ombudsman (Raonador del Ciutadà) and representatives of the Bar Association.

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

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

  • Nico Hirsch (Head of Delegation)
  • Maria Rita Morganti
  • Razvan Horatiu Radu

They were supported by Aurélie Pasquier of the Committee's Secretariat, and assisted by two experts, Xavier Ronsin, judge, First President of the Court of Appeals of Rennes (France), and Catherine Paulet, psychiatrist, Head of the Regional Department for Mental Health at Baumettes Prison in Marseille (France).

The delegation visited the following places of deprivation of liberty:

  • Central Police Headquarters, Escaldes-Engordany
  • La Comella Prison, Andorra la Vella
  • Nostra Senyora de Meritxell Hospital (Mental Health Department), Escaldes-Engordany.