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CPT visits Hungary and publishes report on Turkey

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 Hungary from 20 to 26 October 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 Border Police Division in Szeged and the police detention facility at the border post at Röszke. On the Serbian side of the border, the delegation also held interviews with foreign nationals who had recently been escorted by border police officers to the other side of the Hungarian border fence.

The CPT also published the report on its June 2015 visit to Turkey, together with the response of the Turkish Government. 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. The CPT delegation heard no allegations of physical ill-treatment of immigration detainees by custodial officers in any of the removal centres visited, according to the report. The conditions of detention were very good at the removal centre at Aydin, but many foreign nationals were kept for prolonged periods in conditions that could be considered to be inhuman and degrading at the centres visited in Ankara, Istanbul-Kumkapı and Izmir – notably due to severe overcrowding and the lack of natural light.