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CPT publishes factsheet on transport of detainees

On 22 June 2018, the Council of Europe´s anti-torture committee (CPT) published a new factsheet on transport of detainees. During its fact-finding missions, CPT delegations have inspected vehicles intended for the transport of detainees, such as road and railway vehicles. Persons deprived of their liberty are transferred from a place of detention to another place e.g. from a police station to a prison, from a prison to another prison, a courthouse or a hospital, or from a border point of entry to an immigration detention centre. The CPT frequently found that conditions were substandard or that basic safety requirements were not being met. The Committee has also come across practices which called for criticism e.g. overreliance on means of restraint and unnecessarily long periods of confinement in prisoner transport vehicles. The purpose of this new factsheet is to share the CPT’s main standards on this subject, developed over several decades, to help member states to carry out these transfers in a humane, secure and safe manner. The factsheet is prepared by the CPT’s Secretariat and covers the following issues: material conditions, safety measures, security measures and health issues.