Natrag Council of Europe's anti-torture Committee: latest report on Spain

Safeguards against ill-treatment by law enforcement officials in Spain are examined in a report published today by the Council of Europe’s Anti-Torture Committee (CPT).

During the visit, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment continued to receive allegations of ill-treatment by National Police and Civil Guard officers. It also gathered evidence, including of a medical nature, consistent with those allegations. In its report, the CPT concludes that the existing legal framework fails to provide detained persons with an effective set of safeguards against ill-treatment.

The report, published at the request of the Spanish authorities together with their response, concerns a visit carried out in July 2001. In their response, the Spanish authorities indicate that they do not consider it necessary to review the current legal framework.

The CPT report and the response of the Spanish authorities are available on the CPT’s website (

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