Council of Europe anti-torture committee acknowledges some positive steps in Spain, but calls for ending fixation in prisons and juvenile centres

16/11/2017

During its 2016 periodic visit to the country, the CPT’s delegation found that the vast majority of people detained by law enforcement agencies stated that they had been treated correctly by police officers. However, the delegation did receive some credible allegations of excessive use of force...

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CPT signs monitoring agreement with ICC

13/11/2017

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...

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CPT holds its November 2017 plenary meeting

13/11/2017

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Belgium (March/April 2017), Turkey (May 2017) and Poland (May 2017), and on its ad hoc visits to Serbia (May/June 2017) and Italy (June 2017). These reports will be sent in due course to the respective authorities....

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CPT carries out ad hoc visit to Azerbaijan

02/11/2017

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in the custody of law enforcement agencies and in penitentiary establishments and to review the measures taken by the Azerbaijani authorities in response to the relevant recommendations made by the...

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CPT returns to Hungary to assess the situation of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation

30/10/2017

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation. To this end, the CPT’s delegation visited the two transit zones at Röszke and Tompa situated at the border with Serbia, as well as the Csongrád County...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Montenegro

19/10/2017

The CPT’s delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Montenegrin authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its 2013 visit. To this end, it examined the treatment of persons detained by the police and the safeguards afforded to them, the effectiveness of...

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President of the CPT discusses dire situation in prisons with Prime Minister Zaev in Skopje

17/10/2017

The objective of the talks was to see what action was being taken by the new government to address the long-standing recommendations to improve the situation in prisons as set out most recently in the CPT’s report on the December 2016 visit to the country. The report which was published last week...

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CPT publishes report on Turkey

17/10/2017

The visit focused on the situation of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation, and the report contains the CPT’s findings and recommendations relating to various removal centres, as well as the holding facilities in the transit zone of Istanbul Atatürk Airport. In their response, the...

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Exchange of views within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe concerning the CPT’s public statement on Belgium

12/10/2017

The public statement addressed the ongoing failure of the Belgian authorities to put in place a minimum level of service to guarantee the rights of inmates during periods of industrial action by prison staff. Today’s discussion focused on the possible follow-up to the concerns voiced by the CPT....

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CPT publishes highly critical report on prisons in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

12/10/2017

The report recalls that since 2006 the CPT has repeatedly highlighted certain fundamental structural issues, such as a lack of policy on how to manage complex institutions, an inadequate system of reporting and supervision, and the poor management and performance of staff. The findings from the...

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The CPT visits Bulgaria

10/10/2017

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Bulgarian authorities in response to the recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits and after the Public Statement issued by the CPT in 2015. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the treatment...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Estonia

09/10/2017

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation assessed progress made in implementing recommendations made by the Committee after the previous visit. In this context, the delegation paid particular attention to the treatment and safeguard afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and...

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Greece: anti-torture committee criticises treatment of irregular migrants and the continued detention of migrant children

26/09/2017

The report also criticises the situation of adult immigration detainees in Athens and Thessaloniki, and calls for determined action to tackle the problem of police ill-treatment. In the report, the CPT is critical about the treatment of foreign nationals in the “hotspots” on the Aegean islands....

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes response of the Dutch authorities

21/09/2017

The response has been made public at the request of the Dutch authorities. The CPT’s report on the May 2016 visit was published on 19 January 2017. Read the response Read the CPT report

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Slovenia

20/09/2017

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation assessed progress made since previous visits and the extent to which the Committee’s recommendations had been implemented. Particular attention was paid to the treatment of and safeguards offered to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and the...

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CPT visits Northern Ireland for first time since 2008

08/09/2017

The focus of the visit was to examine the conditions of detention and treatment of inmates at Maghaberry Prison and at Ash House women’s prison within Hydebank Wood College. The CPT’s delegation also visited Shannon Clinic, the only medium secure psychiatric establishment in Northern Ireland....

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CPT publishes new report on Italy

08/09/2017

Material conditions are also found to be deficient at a number of State Police and Carabinieri establishments, and the CPT’s delegation made an immediate observation during the visit in respect of the persistently poor detention conditions at the Florence Questura. Further, the material...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Liechtenstein

25/08/2017

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Liechtenstein authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its previous visits. In this context, the CPT’s delegation paid particular attention to the treatment and conditions of detention of prisoners...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Ukrainian response to the report on the November 2016 visit

27/07/2017

The response has been made public under an automatic publication procedure introduced by the Ukrainian authorities in 2014. According to this procedure, all documents related to CPT visits shall be published automatically, unless the Ukrainian authorities submit within one month a request to...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee issues public statement on Belgium

13/07/2017

In its Statement, the Committee makes it clear that the failure to comply with this requirement may result in a large number of inmates being subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment, or in a worsening of situations already regarded as intolerable, in endangering the health and life of these...

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CPT holds its July 2017 plenary meeting

13/07/2017

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to the Russian Federation (November/December 2016), Cyprus (February 2017), Croatia (March 2017) and Slovenia (March/April 2017), and on its ad hoc visits to Albania (February 2017) and to the United Kingdom Sovereign...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes new report on Latvia

29/06/2017

Looking at the treatment in police detention facilities, the CPT received a number of allegations from detained persons (including juveniles) of physical ill-treatment by police officers, mostly referring to the excessive use of force in the context of apprehension or tight handcuffing, as well...

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Ukraine: anti-torture committee concerned about police ill-treatment and poor conditions of detention of remand and life-sentenced prisoners

19/06/2017

The CPT acknowledges the Ukrainian authorities’ ongoing legislative and organisational reforms of the prison system and the efforts to reduce the prison population. That said, the CPT expresses its dismay at the appalling conditions of detention in the pre-trial establishments (SIZOs) visited, in...

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CPT visits Italy to examine the situation of persons in immigration detention

15/06/2017

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation of persons held in immigration detention in Italy. To this end, the CPT’s delegation visited the so-called “hotspots” in Lampedusa, Pozzallo and Trapani (Milo), as well as a mobile “hotspot” unit at Augusta port. Further, it was able to...

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CPT visits Serbia to look into policing matters and the situation in remand detention

09/06/2017

The focus of the visit was to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by the police and the practical application of safeguards surrounding their detention. It also looked into the manner in which complaints of ill-treatment of detained persons by police officers are handled,...

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Germany: Uneven progress in treatment of detained persons and detention conditions, says anti-torture committee

01/06/2017

During the visit, carried out in late 2015, the CPT’s delegation heard no allegations of deliberate physical ill-treatment of detained persons by police officers whilst in police custody. However, some allegations were received – in particular from foreign nationals and persons suffering from a...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Poland

30/05/2017

The visit provided an opportunity to assess the extent to which the recommendations made after previous CPT visits have been implemented. Particular attention was paid to the treatment of persons in police custody, foreign nationals detained in Border Guard establishments, remand and sentenced...

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The CPT visits Turkey

24/05/2017

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment of persons detained by the police/gendarmerie and the situation in prisons and detention centres for foreigners. To this end, the delegation interviewed a large number of detained persons in various places of detention in different...

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CPT holds high-level talks in London

27/04/2017

The objective of the talks was to discuss the implementation of the recommendations set out in the report on the CPT’s 2016 visit to the United Kingdom. The report, which was published last week (CPT/Inf (2017) 9), raises serious concerns over the lack of safety for inmates and staff in prisons...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes reports on Azerbaijan

25/04/2017

The CPT welcomes this positive step taken by the Government of Azerbaijan and encourages the authorities to ensure that it be soon followed by the publication of the remaining six still unpublished reports, concerning the periodic visits in 2011 and 2016 and ad hoc visits in 2004, 2012, 2013 and...

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CPT urges European states to hold persons in remand detention only as a measure of last resort and in adequate conditions

20/04/2017

In many European countries the persistent problem of overcrowding in prisons is due to a large extent to the high proportion of remand prisons among the total prison population. In its annual report, published today, the CPT stresses the need for member states to ensure the use, to the extent...

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CPT publishes report on its UK visit: criticism levelled at spiralling violence and lack of safety in prisons; and inadequate safeguards to protect patients in mental health settings highlighted

19/04/2017

In the report, the CPT welcomes the recent recognition by the authorities to reform the prison system of England and Wales. Yet, it underlines that unless concrete, determined and swift action is taken to significantly reduce the current prison population, the regime improvements envisaged by the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Belgium

10/04/2017

During the visit, the CPT delegation paid special attention to the situation of three categories of persons deprived of their liberty: persons held by the police, men and women prisoners (in particular high-security and remand prisoners) and psychiatric patients under an “internment” measure in a...

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CPT publishes report on France

07/04/2017

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation paid particular attention to the conditions of detention in three remand prisons affected by severe overcrowding as well as to the regime applied to certain categories of sentenced prisoners in different establishments, including in a unit for “radicalised”...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Slovenia

06/04/2017

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation assessed progress made since previous visits and the extent to which the Committee’s recommendations have been implemented. Particular attention was paid to the treatment of and safeguards offered to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds high-level talks in Lithuania

06/04/2017

The objective of the talks, which took place in Vilnius on 4 April 2017, was to present to members of the new Government (formed after the October 2016 Parliamentary elections) the main findings of the report on the CPT’s periodic visit carried out in September 2016, adopted by the CPT at its...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee announces visits to eight states in 2018

04/04/2017

The Committee intends to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the following countries: Albania Andorra Czech Republic Georgia Hungary Norway Romania Slovak Republic Persons in possession of information concerning deprivation of liberty in any of these countries which they...

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CPT President meets Frontex Director

03/04/2017

On Friday 31 March, the President of the CPT, Mr Mykola Gnatovskyy, and the CPT’s Executive Secretary, Mr Jeroen Schokkenbroek, met the Executive Director of Frontex (the European Border and Coast Guard Agency), Mr Fabrice Leggeri, to discuss cooperation between the two bodies. The meeting took...

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The CPT visits Croatia

27/03/2017

The CPT’s delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Croatian authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its 2012 visit. Particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons held in prisons and in one correctional institution for...

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CPT publishes standards on means of restraint in psychiatric establishments for adults

21/03/2017

In the light of previous publications on this subject matter and its findings during many visits in recent years to both civil and forensic psychiatric establishments in various European countries, the CPT has decided to review its standards regarding the use of means of restraint and to...

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The CPT publishes response of the Moldovan authorities

16/03/2017

The response has been made public under an automatic publication procedure introduced by the Moldovan authorities in 2011.1 The CPT’s report on the September 2015 visit was published on 30 June 2016. Read the response Read the CPT's report 1 According to this procedure, all future CPT reports on...

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CPT factsheet on immigration detention

15/03/2017

The CPT has carried out hundreds of visits to places of immigration detention, and has developed a detailed set of standards. They are described in this new factsheet, prepared by the CPT’s Secretariat. In particular, the CPT’s standards concern: Detention as a last resort Safeguards during...

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CPT holds its March 2017 plenary meeting

13/03/2017

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Lithuania (carried out in September 2016), Portugal (September/October 2016) and Spain (September/October 2016), and on its ad hoc visits to Ukraine (November 2016) and to “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes response of the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina

02/03/2017

The response has been made public at the request of the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The CPT’s report on the September/October 2015 visit was published on 5 July 2016. Read the response Read the CPT's report The CPT and Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds high-level talks in Azerbaijan

22/02/2017

The objective of the talks, which took place on 16 and 17 February 2017, was to discuss the state of co-operation between the CPT and the Azerbaijani authorities and, in particular, the implementation of the CPT’s long-standing recommendations concerning law enforcement agencies, prisons,...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the United Kingdom Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus

17/02/2017

The visit provided an opportunity to examine the treatment and safeguards in place for persons deprived of their liberty by the SBA Police and the British Forces Cyprus and to assess the conditions of detention and treatment of persons held in Dhekelia Prison. The CPT’s delegation also briefly...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Cyprus

14/02/2017

The CPT’s delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Cypriot authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its 2013 visit. To this end, it examined the treatment of persons detained by the police (including immigration detainees) and the safeguards offered to them....

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Albania

13/02/2017

The main objective of the visit was to review progress made as regards the implementation of recommendations made by the Committee in the report on its 2014 visit. Particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody and the situation of remand...

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CPT publishes report on the Netherlands

19/01/2017

One of the main objectives of the visit was to examine the treatment and care of patients placed in penitentiary psychiatric centres. The CPT’s delegation also examined, for the first time, the situation of patients placed against their will in two civil psychiatric hospitals. Further, three...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Russian Federation

16/12/2016

The CPT’s delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Russian authorities in response to recommendations made by the Committee after its previous visits. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody and penitentiary...

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