Under the terms of the Exchange of Letters, the CPT will assist the ICC in the monitoring of persons sentenced by the ICC where the person concerned is imprisoned in a member State of the Council of Europe which has specifically indicated the CPT as the monitoring body.
In welcoming the agreement with the ICC, the President of the CPT, Mykola Gnatovskyy, stated:
“The fact that all persons who are imprisoned are subjected to external monitoring of their treatment and conditions of detention is a fundamental safeguard within Europe. It is important that international tribunals live up to the high standards that they demand of States in upholding individual rights. In implementing this agreement, the CPT will continue to work with the European States concerned to ensure that persons deprived of their liberty are treated with respect and dignity.”
The President of the Court, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, welcomed the agreement between the Court and the Committee. “The Court will benefit from the long-standing expertise of the Committee in the monitoring of conditions of detention of persons deprived of their liberty, including persons sentenced by other international criminal tribunals,” stated President Fernández. She added: “The Committee’s offer of assistance is an additional and welcomed form of cooperation which the Court can rely on in the enforcement of sentences. I take this opportunity to reiterate my call upon States Parties to consider accepting sentenced persons in their territory to give full effect to the Court’s sentences.”
The Exchange of letters entered into force on Thursday, 9 November 2017.