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Bulgaria: Anti-torture committee says conditions in social care institutions could be described as inhuman and degrading; the situation in penitentiary establishments generally improved

04/05/2018

Regarding the treatment of persons in police custody, the Committee concludes that, in some respects, the findings of the 2017 visit suggest that there might have been a slight improvement since the previous visit to Bulgaria in 2015, especially as regards the severity of alleged ill-treatment....

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Lithuania

03/05/2018

The main objective of the visit was to examine the progress made as regards the implementation of previous CPT recommendations concerning conditions of detention in penitentiary establishments. In the course of the visit, the delegation had consultations with Arūnas Kazlauskas, Chancellor of the...

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Anti-torture Committee publishes report on its visit to Cyprus

26/04/2018

During its February 2017 visit to the country, the CPT received a number of credible allegations of physical and/or psychological ill-treatment of detained persons (including juveniles) by police officers – notably at Limassol and Paphos Central Police Stations. The alleged ill-treatment...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits immigration detention and psychiatric establishments in Greece

24/04/2018

The purpose of the visit was twofold. One was to examine the situation of foreign nationals deprived of their liberty under aliens’ legislation and to determine whether their situation since the previous visits in 2016 had improved. To this end, the delegation visited several pre-departure...

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Anti-torture committee: effective complaints mechanisms should be available to detainees across Europe

19/04/2018

This is a fundamental safeguard against torture and inhuman or degrading treatment, emphasises the Council of Europe´s anti-torture committee (CPT) in its annual report, published today. On a number of occasions during its country visits, the CPT has found that complaints mechanisms did not exist...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits psychiatric hospitals and social welfare institutions in Turkey

17/04/2018

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and living conditions of patients/residents in psychiatric hospitals and social welfare institutions. In addition, the CPT’s delegation looked into the legal safeguards related to involuntary placement procedures and their...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee announces visits to eight states in 2019

12/04/2018

The Committee intends to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the following countries: Armenia Bosnia and Herzegovina Denmark France Greece Iceland Ireland “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” Persons in possession of information concerning deprivation of liberty...

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Anti-torture Committee publishes report on its visit to Italian “hotspots” and removal centres

10/04/2018

At the outset, the CPT fully recognises the significant efforts invested by the Italian authorities to manage the large-scale arrivals by sea, but it stresses the need for a co-ordinated European approach to address this phenomenon. The report highlights that in the three “hotspots” visited the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Slovak Republic

06/04/2018

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation assessed progress made in the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations following the previous visit. 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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CPT President calls on States to prevent ill-treatment during police custody

27/03/2018

Speaking at the Danish Chairmanship Seminar on combatting torture in Copenhagen, the President of the CPT stressed the importance of creating a police culture that sees ill-treatment as unprofessional. He also stated that the CPT had documented instances of alleged torture in nearly a quarter of...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Imralı Prison (Turkey)

20/03/2018

The report says that, compared to the CPT’s previous visit in January 2013, material conditions of detention have been significantly improved for Abdullah Öcalan and remain satisfactory for the three other inmates. Furthermore, the delegation reported a favourable impression of the...

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CPT President speaks about prison conditions at Committee of Ministers’ thematic debate and meets Belgian Justice Minister

14/03/2018

This debate was organised in the context of the current Committee of Ministers’ quarterly meeting dedicated to the supervision of the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. “The implementation of the CPT’s recommendations may have a major positive impact on the...

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CPT holds its March 2018 plenary meeting

12/03/2018

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Bulgaria (September/October 2017), Estonia (September/October 2017) and Montenegro (October 2017), and on its ad hoc visits to the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) (August/September 2017), Hungary (October 2017),...

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Belgium: Anti-torture committee calls for improved prison conditions, better care for psychiatric internees and stronger action against police brutality

08/03/2018

In its report, the Committee referred to the public statement it had felt obliged to make in July 2017, calling on the authorities and all stakeholders to face up to their responsibilities and quickly find a solution for introducing a minimum service in prison establishments guaranteeing...

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Anti-torture committee urges Portugal to tackle police ill-treatment and the poor treatment of prisoners

27/02/2018

During its 2016 periodic visit to the country, the CPT’s delegation received a considerable number of credible allegations of ill-treatment at the time of apprehension and during police custody. The alleged ill-treatment consisted primarily of slaps, punches and kicks to the body and head as...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Romania

21/02/2018

The visit was an opportunity for the CPT’s delegation to review the measures taken by the Romanian authorities to implement the recommendations made by the Committee after its 2014 visit. To this end, the main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention in five...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Andorra

12/02/2018

During the visit, the delegation examined the treatment of persons detained by the police, as well as the situation of prisoners held in the country’s sole prison, and of involuntary psychiatric patients. In the course of the visit, the delegation held consultations with Xavier Espot, Minister of...

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CPT publishes report on Lithuania

01/02/2018

The 2016 periodic visit to the country confirmed the positive conclusion reached by the CPT during previous visits, namely, that the majority of persons detained by the police are treated in a correct manner. The CPT, however, reiterates its long-standing recommendation to guarantee that the...

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CPT factsheet on women in prison

29/01/2018

Drawing from observations, interviews and other fact-finding during its visits since 1990, the CPT has gradually developed detailed standards on the treatment of women in prison. They are described in this new factsheet, prepared by the CPT’s Secretariat. The factsheet covers the following...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes response of the UK authorities

23/01/2018

The response addresses the numerous recommendations made in the CPT's report notably in relation to the spiralling violence and lack of safety in prisons and the inadequate safeguards to protect patients in mental health settings. The response also provides information on the action taken by the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Ukraine

05/01/2018

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

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CPT holds high-level talks in Albania

14/12/2017

The main objective was to discuss the situation of forensic psychiatric patients and mentally-ill prisoners at Zaharia Special Facility for Ill Inmates in Kruja and the Prison Hospital in Tirana, in the light of the findings of previous visits by the CPT, and the implementation of the CPT’s...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation

07/12/2017

The CPT’s delegation reviewed the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by the police in the Chechen Republic. Another objective of the visit was to examine the effectiveness of investigations into allegations of ill-treatment of detained persons by law enforcement officials. The...

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UK Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus: First report from the Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee

05/12/2017

The report assesses conditions of detention and the treatment of people held by the SBA Police and the British Forces Cyprus in various locations including police stations, Her Majesty’s Prison at Dhekelia and military detention facilities. It also briefly examines the situation of migrants held...

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Council of Europe anti-torture committee acknowledges some positive steps in Spain, but calls for ending fixation in prisons and juvenile centres

16/11/2017

During its 2016 periodic visit to the country, the CPT’s delegation found that the vast majority of people detained by law enforcement agencies stated that they had been treated correctly by police officers. However, the delegation did receive some credible allegations of excessive use of force...

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CPT signs monitoring agreement with ICC

13/11/2017

Under the terms of the Exchange of Letters, the CPT will assist the ICC in the monitoring of persons sentenced by the ICC where the person concerned is imprisoned in a member State of the Council of Europe which has specifically indicated the CPT as the monitoring body. In welcoming the agreement...

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CPT holds its November 2017 plenary meeting

13/11/2017

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Belgium (March/April 2017), Turkey (May 2017) and Poland (May 2017), and on its ad hoc visits to Serbia (May/June 2017) and Italy (June 2017). These reports will be sent in due course to the respective authorities....

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CPT carries out ad hoc visit to Azerbaijan

02/11/2017

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in the custody of law enforcement agencies and in penitentiary establishments and to review the measures taken by the Azerbaijani authorities in response to the relevant recommendations made by the...

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CPT returns to Hungary to assess the situation of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation

30/10/2017

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...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Montenegro

19/10/2017

The CPT’s delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Montenegrin authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its 2013 visit. To this end, it examined the treatment of persons detained by the police and the safeguards afforded to them, the effectiveness of...

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President of the CPT discusses dire situation in prisons with Prime Minister Zaev in Skopje

17/10/2017

The objective of the talks was to see what action was being taken by the new government to address the long-standing recommendations to improve the situation in prisons as set out most recently in the CPT’s report on the December 2016 visit to the country. The report which was published last week...

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CPT publishes report on Turkey

17/10/2017

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. In their response, the...

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Exchange of views within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe concerning the CPT’s public statement on Belgium

12/10/2017

The public statement addressed the ongoing failure of the Belgian authorities to put in place a minimum level of service to guarantee the rights of inmates during periods of industrial action by prison staff. Today’s discussion focused on the possible follow-up to the concerns voiced by the CPT....

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CPT publishes highly critical report on prisons in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

12/10/2017

The report recalls that since 2006 the CPT has repeatedly highlighted certain fundamental structural issues, such as a lack of policy on how to manage complex institutions, an inadequate system of reporting and supervision, and the poor management and performance of staff. The findings from the...

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The CPT visits Bulgaria

10/10/2017

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Bulgarian authorities in response to the recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits and after the Public Statement issued by the CPT in 2015. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the treatment...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Estonia

09/10/2017

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

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Greece: anti-torture committee criticises treatment of irregular migrants and the continued detention of migrant children

26/09/2017

The report also criticises the situation of adult immigration detainees in Athens and Thessaloniki, and calls for determined action to tackle the problem of police ill-treatment. In the report, the CPT is critical about the treatment of foreign nationals in the “hotspots” on the Aegean islands....

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes response of the Dutch authorities

21/09/2017

The response has been made public at the request of the Dutch authorities. The CPT’s report on the May 2016 visit was published on 19 January 2017. Read the response Read the CPT report

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Slovenia

20/09/2017

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation assessed progress made since previous visits and the extent to which the Committee’s recommendations had been implemented. Particular attention was paid to the treatment of and safeguards offered to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and the...

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CPT visits Northern Ireland for first time since 2008

08/09/2017

The focus of the visit was to examine the conditions of detention and treatment of inmates at Maghaberry Prison and at Ash House women’s prison within Hydebank Wood College. The CPT’s delegation also visited Shannon Clinic, the only medium secure psychiatric establishment in Northern Ireland....

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CPT publishes new report on Italy

08/09/2017

Material conditions are also found to be deficient at a number of State Police and Carabinieri establishments, and the CPT’s delegation made an immediate observation during the visit in respect of the persistently poor detention conditions at the Florence Questura. Further, the material...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Liechtenstein

25/08/2017

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Liechtenstein authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its previous visits. In this context, the CPT’s delegation paid particular attention to the treatment and conditions of detention of prisoners...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Ukrainian response to the report on the November 2016 visit

27/07/2017

The response has been made public under an automatic publication procedure introduced by the Ukrainian authorities in 2014. According to this procedure, all documents related to CPT visits shall be published automatically, unless the Ukrainian authorities submit within one month a request to...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee issues public statement on Belgium

13/07/2017

In its Statement, the Committee makes it clear that the failure to comply with this requirement may result in a large number of inmates being subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment, or in a worsening of situations already regarded as intolerable, in endangering the health and life of these...

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CPT holds its July 2017 plenary meeting

13/07/2017

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to the Russian Federation (November/December 2016), Cyprus (February 2017), Croatia (March 2017) and Slovenia (March/April 2017), and on its ad hoc visits to Albania (February 2017) and to the United Kingdom Sovereign...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes new report on Latvia

29/06/2017

Looking at the treatment in police detention facilities, the CPT received a number of allegations from detained persons (including juveniles) of physical ill-treatment by police officers, mostly referring to the excessive use of force in the context of apprehension or tight handcuffing, as well...

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Ukraine: anti-torture committee concerned about police ill-treatment and poor conditions of detention of remand and life-sentenced prisoners

19/06/2017

The CPT acknowledges the Ukrainian authorities’ ongoing legislative and organisational reforms of the prison system and the efforts to reduce the prison population. That said, the CPT expresses its dismay at the appalling conditions of detention in the pre-trial establishments (SIZOs) visited, in...

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CPT visits Italy to examine the situation of persons in immigration detention

15/06/2017

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation of persons held in immigration detention in Italy. To this end, the CPT’s delegation visited the so-called “hotspots” in Lampedusa, Pozzallo and Trapani (Milo), as well as a mobile “hotspot” unit at Augusta port. Further, it was able to...

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CPT visits Serbia to look into policing matters and the situation in remand detention

09/06/2017

The focus of the visit was to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by the police and the practical application of safeguards surrounding their detention. It also looked into the manner in which complaints of ill-treatment of detained persons by police officers are handled,...

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Germany: Uneven progress in treatment of detained persons and detention conditions, says anti-torture committee

01/06/2017

During the visit, carried out in late 2015, the CPT’s delegation heard no allegations of deliberate physical ill-treatment of detained persons by police officers whilst in police custody. However, some allegations were received – in particular from foreign nationals and persons suffering from a...

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