Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Ukrainian response to the report on the 2019 ad hoc visit

02/04/2020

In the report the CPT had made recommendations on the treatment of residents in psycho-neurological institutions ("internats"). The response has been made public under an automatic publication procedure introduced by the Ukrainian authorities in 2014. Read the response Read the report (published...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on France

24/03/2020

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of persons deprived of their liberty under immigration and asylum law. The main conclusions of the CPT are set out in the executive summary of the report. In their response, the French authorities provide...

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COVID-19: Council of Europe anti-torture Committee issues “Statement of principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty”

20/03/2020

“The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has created extraordinary challenges for the authorities of all member States of the Council of Europe”, says Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the CPT. “There are specific and intense challenges for staff working in various places of deprivation of...

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Anti-torture Committee undertakes rapid reaction visit to Greece to examine treatment of migrants

17/03/2020

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation looked into the conditions of detention of migrants, including pregnant women and families with young children and infants. It visited police and border guard stations and other long-term facilities in the Evros region. It also visited certain quasi-official...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Hungary

17/03/2020

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation of persons in police custody, prisoners placed in HSR units (special regime units for prisoners serving long sentences, including life sentences) and juvenile prisoners, as well as persons placed in social care homes, and to assess the...

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The CPT holds its March 2020 plenary meeting

09/03/2020

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visit to Ireland (September/October 2019), and on its ad hoc visits to Poland (September 2019), the Russian Federation (October 2019) and to the United Kingdom (October 2019). These reports will be sent in due course to the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes a response of the Danish authorities to the report on the 2019 visit

03/03/2020

The response concerns the CPT’s comments and recommendations on the Ellebæk Centre for Foreigners and Nykøbing Falster Holding Centre. The Danish Government has made this response public. A full response by the Danish authorities is due in May 2020. Read the response

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Albanian response to the report on the 2018 visit

27/02/2020

In the report the CPT had made recommendations on treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody, prisons, civil and forensic psychiatric establishments and, for the first time in Albania, in an immigration detention centre. The response has been made public under an automatic...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Moldova

11/02/2020

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

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Spain focusing on prison and police establishments in Catalonia

04/02/2020

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation in police and prison establishments in the autonomous community of Catalonia and to assess the progress made since the CPT’s previous visits to this region in 2011 and 2012. The report focuses in particular on the situation of prisoners placed...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Iceland

28/01/2020

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Icelandic authorities in response to the recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Italy, focusing on prison establishments

21/01/2020

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation of prisoners placed under high and maximum security regime (the so-called “41-bis regime”) as well as various “isolation” and segregation measures (such as court-imposed isolation to life-sentenced prisoners). The delegation also reviewed the...

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The CPT publishes report on Ukraine

14/01/2020

The aim of the visit was to examine the treatment of residents of Psycho-neurological Institutions (“Internats”) and, in this context, to assess the progress made as regards the implementation of previous CPT’s recommendations. For this purpose, the CPT's delegation visited the “Internat” in...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Denmark

07/01/2020

The main objective of the visit was to assess the progress made since the CPT’s previous visit in 2014. In this context, the CPT’s delegation paid particular attention to the safeguards against police ill-treatment as well as to the situation in prisons and establishments for detained migrants,...

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The CPT visits France

20/12/2019

The delegation examined the conditions of detention in three remand prisons where overcrowding was a problem. It carefully observed the regime applied to specific categories of sentenced persons, including those placed in units for “radicalised” detainees. Attention was also paid to the situation...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee carries out visit to North Macedonia

17/12/2019

During the visit, the delegation assessed the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and examined the situation of prisoners (including juveniles) in five prison establishments. In this regard, particular attention was paid to the measures taken by...

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The CPT visits Armenia

16/12/2019

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Armenian authorities in response to the recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the safeguards against ill-treatment of persons in police custody and...

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The CPT visits Portugal

16/12/2019

The purpose of the visit was to follow up on the recommendations made by the CPT in its report on the 2016 periodic visit to Portugal regarding police and prison matters. To this end, the CPT’s delegation examined the treatment of persons arrested and detained by the Judicial Police, Public...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes the response of the Czech authorities to the report on the 2018 visit

06/12/2019

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the response of the Czech authorities to the report on the Committee’s sixth periodic visit to the Czech Republic, which took place from 2 to 11 October 2018....

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds talks in Greece

21/11/2019

The main objective of the talks was to discuss the action being taken by the recently elected Greek Government to address the long-standing concerns of the Committee regarding prison, police and immigration detention issues. In particular, the need to tackle the crisis in the prison system and to...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Georgian response to the report on the 2018 visit

21/11/2019

In the report the CPT had made recommendations on the treatment of persons in police custody, prisoners (in particular those in high-risk and semi-open prisons as well as juveniles), psychiatric patients and immigration detainees. The response of the Georgian authorities has been made public at...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Estonia

19/11/2019

The main objective of the visit was to assess the progress made since the CPT’s previous visit in 2012. In this context, particular attention was paid to the situation of persons in police custody and remand prisoners held in police and prison establishments. For the first time in the country,...

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100th session: the CPT holds its November 2019 plenary meeting

12/11/2019

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the CPT held a high-level conference, co-organised with the Association for the prevention of torture (APT), on the theme of “implementing safeguards in the first hours of police custody” on the afternoon of the 4th November. A ceremony marking the 30th...

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30th anniversary of the CPT: Conference and ceremony

07/11/2019

In the afternoon, a high-level conference co-organised with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and with the support of the OSCE-ODHIR, attracted experts from all 47 Council of Europe members states and beyond. After a keynote speech by Silvia Casale (Former CPT President and...

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#CPT30: The CPT celebrates its 30th anniversary

29/10/2019

The conference is being co-organised with the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) and will be followed by a ceremony. Both the conference and ceremony will be transmitted via live webcast. Participants are invited to tweet using the hashtag #CPT30 Conference programme Ceremony Link...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the United Kingdom

22/10/2019

The CPT’s delegation carried out a targeted follow-up visit to examine certain issues of concern to the Committee that were raised in its report on the 2018 visit to Scotland. Notably, the visit focussed on the use of segregation and mental health care for women prisoners. Issues of overcrowding...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Russian Federation

21/10/2019

In the course of the visit, the delegation met with Mikhail Galperin, Deputy Minister of Justice, and Valery Boyarinev, Deputy Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN), as well as with senior officials from the Ministry of Justice, the FSIN, the Investigative Committee, the Prosecutor...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on the United Kingdom, focusing on police and prisons in Scotland

11/10/2019

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation in police and prison establishments in Scotland and to assess the progress made since the CPT’s previous visit in 2012; specific attention was paid to inmates in segregation, in remand, women prisoners generally and to overall healthcare...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Ireland

08/10/2019

The main objective of the visit was to review the progress in the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations since its previous visit in 2014 in relation to prison matters, notably as regards the treatment of prisoners on restricted regimes and older persons in prison as well as the...

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“Eradicating torture in Europe”: Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds exchange of views with members of the Parliamentary Assembly

04/10/2019

In his opening remarks, Mykola Gnatovskyy highlighted major challenges faced by the CPT throughout Europe and summarised key issues raised in its most recent annual report, including its relations with the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT), as well as the concept of...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Poland

24/09/2019

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...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on the Russian Federation

24/09/2019

The primary objective of the visit was to examine the progress made as regards the implementation of previous CPT recommendations concerning the situation of patients in civil and forensic psychiatric hospitals and of residents of psycho-neurological boarding homes (PNIs). The main conclusions of...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Albania

17/09/2019

During its visit, the CPT examined the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody and of inmates in several prison establishments, as well as the situation of civil and forensic psychiatric patients. In addition, the CPT’s delegation visited, for the first time in Albania,...

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New online course on CPT Standards published on the HELP Platform

05/09/2019

Preventing ill-treatment of persons deprived of their liberty requires that all actors involved are properly trained and well equipped to prevent or address unacceptable treatment and conditions. The purpose of the Council of Europe HELP course on CPT standards is to familiarise users with the...

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Open call for expressions of interest to enlarge the pool of experts to assist CPT delegations on visits

26/07/2019

The CPT is looking for Experts with recognised competence in one or more of the following fields of activities, preferably with proven experience in visiting places of deprivation of liberty: Police matters: law enforcement official, specialised judge, prosecutor or other professional with proven...

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The CPT publishes report on Bulgaria

11/07/2019

The objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation. The main conclusions of the CPT are set out in the executive summary of the report. In their response, the Bulgarian authorities provide information on the...

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CPT holds its July 2019 plenary meeting

08/07/2019

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Albania (November 2018), Hungary (November 2018) and Greece (March/April 2019), and to the ad hoc visits to France (November 2018) and Italy (March 2019). These reports will be sent in due course to the respective...

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CPT President tells the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers that more should be done to make the European continent a torture-free zone

04/07/2019

“Torture needs to be prevented, but it still needs to be combated in some parts of Europe”, said Mr Gnatovskyy. “Today’s numerous challenges are such that all of us, representatives of governments, the CPT and all other torture prevention partners need to show the strongest determination in...

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The CPT publishes report on the Czech Republic

04/07/2019

During the visit, the Committee’s delegation assessed the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and examined the situation in several prisons and in a psychiatric hospital, as well as in a social care home. Particular attention was paid during the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Norwegian response to the report on the 2018 visit

28/06/2019

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published today the response of the Norwegian authorities to the report on the Committee’s periodic visit to Norway, carried out in May/June 2018. The response has been made...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

25/06/2019

During the visit, the delegation assessed the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and examined the situation of prisoners in three prisons. Further, it visited two psychiatric establishments and a social care home. Particular attention was paid...

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The CPT publishes report on Lithuania

25/06/2019

The main objective of the visit was to examine the progress made as regards the implementation of previous CPT recommendations, in particular those concerning conditions of detention in establishments under the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice. The main conclusions of the CPT are set out...

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United Nations and Council of Europe torture prevention bodies work on more effective concerted action

24/06/2019

The main objective of these consultations was to identify practical means of reinforcing complementarity and subsidiarity to reflect the SPT’s and CPT’s respective strengths and added values in the Council of Europe area, avoiding duplication and increasing synergies in accordance with the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on the Slovak Republic

19/06/2019

The main objective of the visit was to examine the measures taken by the Slovak authorities to implement various recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. In this context, particular attention was paid to the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee exchanges views with EU high officials

14/06/2019

On Friday 7 June, Mykola Gnatovskyy (President of the CPT), Mark Kelly (1st Vice-President), together with the Executive Secretary, Régis Brillat, had meetings with the following high-ranking officials of the EU: Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights Simon Mordue, Deputy...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds high-level talks in the United Kingdom

06/06/2019

The objective was to discuss, at the highest political level, the findings of the CPT’s recent visit to the United Kingdom from 13 to 23 May, notably issues concerning violence, segregation, the use of force and means of restraint in local male prisons and juvenile detention establishments. The...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Iceland

29/05/2019

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Icelandic authorities in response to the recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the United Kingdom

28/05/2019

During the visit the delegation examined the situation of inmates held in various prisons and juvenile detention institutions across England. In addition to following up on the CPT’s findings from the previous visit to the United Kingdom in 2016, it paid specific attention to issues concerning...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Turkey

20/05/2019

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons detained by law enforcement agencies. To this end, the CPT’s delegation interviewed hundreds of persons who were or had recently been held in police custody in the Ankara, Diyarbakır, Istanbul and...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Georgia

10/05/2019

During the visit, the delegation assessed progress made in the implementation of the recommendations made by the CPT following the previous visit in 2014. In this context, the delegation paid particular attention to the treatment of persons in police custody and the situation of prisoners in...

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