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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 Norway from 28 May to 5 June 2018.
Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Norway

During the visit, the delegation assessed progress made in the implementation of the recommendations made by the CPT following the previous visit in 2011. In this context, the delegation paid particular attention to the safeguards against ill-treatment and the detention conditions of persons in police custody and immigration detention, as well as to prison health care and the situation of prisoners who are subjected to court-ordered full isolation or complete exclusion from company as an administrative security measure (utelukkelse fra fellesskap). In addition, it carried out a targeted visit to a psychiatric hospital, in order to examine the procedures and safeguards in the context of involuntary placement, involuntary treatment and the use of means of restraint. For the first time in Norway, the delegation also paid a visit to a nursing home.

In the course of the visit, the delegation held consultations with Knut Morten Johansen, State Secretary at the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Anne Grethe Erlandsen, State Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Care Services, and senior officials from the aforementioned Ministries. In addition, it had meetings with Aage Thor Falkanger, Parliamentary Ombudsman, and staff of the National Preventive Mechanism Department of the Ombudsman’s Office, as well as with representatives of non-governmental organisations active in areas of concern to the CPT.

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

  • Therese Maria Rytter, Head of Delegation
  • Vincent Delbos
  • Per Granström
  • Matthías Halldórsson
  • Marika Väli.

They were supported by Michael Neurauter (Head of Division) and Aurélie Pasquier of the CPT’s Secretariat, and assisted by an expert, Veronica Pimenoff, former Head of Department at Helsinki University Psychiatric Hospital (Finland) and former member of the CPT.

The delegation visited the following places:

  • Bergen Police Headquarters
  • Bodø Police Headquarters
  • Oslo Police Headquarters
  • Trandum Detention Centre for Foreigners
  • Bergen Prison
  • Bodø Prison
  • Ila Prison
  • Oslo Prison
  • Ullersmo Prison
  • Psychiatric Clinic of Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen
  • Nursing Home (Luranetunet bu og behandlingssenter) in Os (near Bergen)
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