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The CPT visits France

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 France from 6 to 10 July 2020.
10/07/2020
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The CPT visits France

The aim of the visit was to assess the situation of persons deprived of their liberty in Alsace, a region particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The delegation visited various detention facilities in order to examine the measures taken to protect both persons deprived of their liberty and staff before, during and after the two months’ lockdown imposed by the French authorities.

It was the CPT’s first visit since March 2020 as it had been forced to interrupt its monitoring activities as a result of the health crisis affecting Europe. The Committee intends to swiftly resume its programme of visits.

At the end of its visit, the delegation held talks by videoconference with representatives of the Ministries of the Interior, Justice and Health.

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

  • Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the CPT, Head of delegation
  • Therese Rytter, Second Vice-President of the CPT
  • Hans Wolff.

They were supported by Régis Brillat, Executive Secretary, and Julien Attuil-Kayser from the CPT’s Secretariat.

The delegation visited the following places:

Law enforcement establishments
  • Geispolsheim Administrative Detention Centre
  • Haguenau Police Station
  • Strasbourg Police Headquarters
  • Bischwiller Local Gendarmerie Brigade
  • Fegersheim Local Gendarmerie Brigade
  • Geispolsheim Local Gendarmerie Brigade
  • Strasbourg Court detention facilities
Prison
  • Strasbourg Remand Prison
Health-care establishment
  • Psychiatric and addiction treatment units of Strasbourg University Hospital

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