Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Poland

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out an ad hoc visit to Poland from 9 to 16 September 2019. It was the Committee's seventh visit to this country and the very first ad hoc visit.
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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Poland

The objective of the visit was to review the implementation of the CPT's long-standing recommendations concerning the treatment of persons in police custody. For this purpose, the CPT's delegation spoke with persons in police custody and recently arrived remand prisoners in several police establishments and remand prisons in Gdańsk, Krakòw and Warsaw. The delegation also held consultations with Government officials (from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration and from the Chief Police Command) and prosecutors from the National Prosecutor’s Office. Further, the delegation met Mr Adam Bodnar, the Human Rights Commissioner, and staff of the National Preventive Mechanism.

The visit was carried out by Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the CPT, and Marika Väli. They were supported by Borys Wódz, Head of Division at the CPT’s Secretariat.