Indietro The Council of Europe's Anti-Torture Committee examines conditions of detention in Transnistria

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has just returned from a six-day visit to the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova. This region unilaterally declared itself an independent republic in 1991 and negotiations aimed at resolving this situation are still taking place.

It was the CPT's second visit to the region, the first visit having taken place in November 2000*. The CPT's delegation examined developments since its first visit, in particular as regards the treatment of persons held in penitentiary establishments. It also assessed the means required to improve the situation of such persons.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the Committee:

  • Andres LEHTMETS, Head of the delegation, (Estonian)
  • Laszlo CSETNEKY (Hungarian)
  • Jean-Pierre RESTELLINI (Swiss)
  • Pierre SCHMIT (Luxemburger).

They were assisted by Geneviève MAYER, Deputy Executive Secretary of the CPT.

The delegation visited Prison No. 1 in Glinoe as well as Colony No. 2 and the remand prison (SIZO) at Colony No. 3 in Tiraspol. It also visited the Police Headquarters and the temporary holding facility (IVS) and administrative detention facility in Tiraspol.

*               The report on the first visit and the responses of the local authorities of the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova have been made public and are available at the following address:

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