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The CPT publishes report on Bulgaria

11/07/2019

The objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation. The main conclusions of the CPT are set out in the executive summary of the report. In their response, the Bulgarian authorities provide information on the...

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The CPT publishes report on Bulgaria

11/07/2019

The objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation. The main conclusions of the CPT are set out in the executive summary of the report. In their response, the Bulgarian authorities provide information on the...

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CPT holds its July 2019 plenary meeting

08/07/2019

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Albania (November 2018), Hungary (November 2018) and Greece (March/April 2019), and to the ad hoc visits to France (November 2018) and Italy (March 2019). These reports will be sent in due course to the respective...

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CPT President tells the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers that more should be done to make the European continent a torture-free zone

04/07/2019

“Torture needs to be prevented, but it still needs to be combated in some parts of Europe”, said Mr Gnatovskyy. “Today’s numerous challenges are such that all of us, representatives of governments, the CPT and all other torture prevention partners need to show the strongest determination in...

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The CPT publishes report on the Czech Republic

04/07/2019

During the visit, the Committee’s delegation assessed the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and examined the situation in several prisons and in a psychiatric hospital, as well as in a social care home. Particular attention was paid during the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Norwegian response to the report on the 2018 visit

28/06/2019

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published today the response of the Norwegian authorities to the report on the Committee’s periodic visit to Norway, carried out in May/June 2018. The response has been made...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

25/06/2019

During the visit, the delegation assessed the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and examined the situation of prisoners in three prisons. Further, it visited two psychiatric establishments and a social care home. Particular attention was paid...

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The CPT publishes report on Lithuania

25/06/2019

The main objective of the visit was to examine the progress made as regards the implementation of previous CPT recommendations, in particular those concerning conditions of detention in establishments under the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice. The main conclusions of the CPT are set out...

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United Nations and Council of Europe torture prevention bodies work on more effective concerted action

24/06/2019

The main objective of these consultations was to identify practical means of reinforcing complementarity and subsidiarity to reflect the SPT’s and CPT’s respective strengths and added values in the Council of Europe area, avoiding duplication and increasing synergies in accordance with the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on the Slovak Republic

19/06/2019

The main objective of the visit was to examine the measures taken by the Slovak authorities to implement various recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. In this context, particular attention was paid to the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee exchanges views with EU high officials

14/06/2019

On Friday 7 June, Mykola Gnatovskyy (President of the CPT), Mark Kelly (1st Vice-President), together with the Executive Secretary, Régis Brillat, had meetings with the following high-ranking officials of the EU: Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights Simon Mordue, Deputy...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds high-level talks in the United Kingdom

06/06/2019

The objective was to discuss, at the highest political level, the findings of the CPT’s recent visit to the United Kingdom from 13 to 23 May, notably issues concerning violence, segregation, the use of force and means of restraint in local male prisons and juvenile detention establishments. The...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Iceland

29/05/2019

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

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the United Kingdom

28/05/2019

During the visit the delegation examined the situation of inmates held in various prisons and juvenile detention institutions across England. In addition to following up on the CPT’s findings from the previous visit to the United Kingdom in 2016, it paid specific attention to issues concerning...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Turkey

20/05/2019

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons detained by law enforcement agencies. To this end, the CPT’s delegation interviewed hundreds of persons who were or had recently been held in police custody in the Ankara, Diyarbakır, Istanbul and...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Georgia

10/05/2019

During the visit, the delegation assessed progress made in the implementation of the recommendations made by the CPT following the previous visit in 2014. In this context, the delegation paid particular attention to the treatment of persons in police custody and the situation of prisoners in...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee says Germany needs to ensure better treatment of foreign nationals being removed by air

09/05/2019

The report concerns the monitoring of a return flight of Afghan nationals from Munich to Kabul (Afghanistan) on 14 August 2018, carried out under the authority of the German Federal Police and in co-operation with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). The CPT’s delegation observed...

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Police should improve interviewing practices to prevent ill-treatment, says Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee

26/04/2019

In its annual report, the CPT indicates that in some countries police interviewing is still aimed at obtaining confessions, thus increasing the risk of ill-treatment, whereas it should be focused on obtaining accurate and reliable information about matters under investigation. The Committee notes...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Denmark

18/04/2019

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Danish authorities in response to the recommendations made by the Committee after its previous visit in 2014. To this end, particular attention was paid to the legal safeguards against police ill-treatment as well as to the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on visit to Andorra

16/04/2019

The report examines the treatment and conditions of detention of persons deprived of their liberty by police forces and prisoners in the only penitentiary establishment in the country, as well as care of psychiatric patients in a closed unit. The response of the Andorran authorities to the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Ukraine

15/04/2019

The purpose of the visit was to examine the treatment of residents of Psycho-neurological Institutions (“Internats”) and, in this context, to assess the progress made as regards the implementation of previous CPT’s recommendations. For this purpose, the CPT's delegation visited the “Internat” in...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds high-level talks in Lithuania

15/04/2019

The objective of the talks, which took place in Vilnius on 1 April 2019, was to discuss the implementation of the CPT’s recommendations concerning the prison system, as set out most recently in the report on the Committee’s ad hoc visit to Lithuania in April 2018. The CPT’s representatives were...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits prisons and police establishments in Greece

11/04/2019

The main objective of the visit was to review the progress in the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations since its previous visits in 2013 and 2015 in relation to prison matters, notably in respect of overcrowding, inter-prisoner violence, staffing levels, material conditions and...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee announces periodic visits to eight states in 2020

09/04/2019

The Committee intends to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the following countries: Azerbaijan Finland Germany Republic of Moldova Monaco Serbia Spain Sweden Persons in possession of information concerning deprivation of liberty in any of these countries which they...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee carries out visit to Italy, focusing on prison establishments

26/03/2019

The purpose of the visit was to examine the situation of prisoners placed under high and maximum security regime (the so-called “41-bis regime”) as well as various “isolation” and segregation measures (such as court-imposed isolation to life-sentenced prisoners). The delegation also reviewed the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Ukrainian response to the report on the 2017 visit

26/03/2019

In the report the CPT had made recommendations on treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody and penitentiary establishments, also the treatment, conditions and legal safeguards offered to psychiatric patients, residents of social care institutions, as well as immigration...

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The CPT publishes response of the Moldovan authorities

21/03/2019

The response has been made public under an automatic publication procedure introduced by the Moldovan authorities in 2011.1 The CPT’s report on the June 2018 visit was published on 13 December 2018. Read the response Read the CPT's report The CPT and the Republic of Moldova 1 According to this...

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Romania: Council of Europe anti-torture committee raises concerns over abuse of prisoners by staff, inter-prisoner violence and allegations of police ill-treatment

19/03/2019

The report states that a considerable number of allegations of physical ill-treatment of prisoners by prison staff were received, notably by members of the masked intervention groups based in four of the five prisons visited. The situation was particularly alarming at Galaţi Prison where a...

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CPT President speaks about the effectiveness of investigations into police ill-treatment at Committee of Ministers’ thematic debate

14/03/2019

“If torture and other forms of ill-treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by public officials remain unchallenged by the criminal justice system, such conduct can easily become an accepted practice within the state services concerned”, Mykola Gnatovskyy said. “Genuine endeavours to meet...

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CPT holds its March 2019 plenary meeting

12/03/2019

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to Georgia (September 2018) and the Czech Republic (October 2018), and on its ad hoc visits to Spain (September 2018), the United Kingdom (October 2018), the Russian Federation (October 2018) and Bulgaria (December...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee urges the Russian Federation to carry out effective investigations into allegations of torture in the Northern Caucasian region

11/03/2019

The public statement is made in application of Article 10 (2) of the European Convention on the Prevention of Torture which provides that the Committee itself may issue a public statement if a Party to the Convention “fails to co-operate or refuses to improve the situation in the light of the...

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Heads of Council of Europe anti-torture and anti-corruption bodies call on member states to take decisive action against torture and corruption

28/02/2019

In a joint statement issued at the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), and Marin Mrčela, President of the Group of States against...

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Greece: Council of Europe anti-torture committee calls for the situation of psychiatric patients to be improved, while criticising once again the poor treatment of immigration detainees

19/02/2019

The report highlights the systemic overcrowding in three of the five psychiatric establishments visited (Evangelismos, Gennimatas and Sotiria), with patients at Evangelismos being accommodated in the corridors. In all five hospitals visited, the CPT is critical of the lack of staff and...

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Anti-torture Committee publishes report on periodic visit to Montenegro focusing on police, prisons, psychiatry and social welfare establishments

07/02/2019

Despite some overall improvement in the treatment of persons detained by the police since the 2013 visit, the CPT received a significant number of allegations of physical ill-treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by police officers. The alleged ill-treatment consisted of punches, slaps,...

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CPT holds high-level talks in Bulgaria

21/01/2019

The main objective was to discuss the measures taken by the Bulgarian authorities to implement the CPT’s recommendations set out in the report on the CPT’s 2017 visit to Bulgaria and, more generally, to advance the on-going dialogue between the Committee and the Bulgarian authorities. Among the...

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Norway should improve the situation for prisoners in solitary confinement

17/01/2019

In the different establishments visited, all the persons interviewed by the CPT’s delegation stated that they had been treated correctly by staff. Moreover, material conditions were generally of a high standard. As regards the police, the CPT attaches particular importance to the fundamental...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Bulgaria to assess the situation of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation

18/12/2018

The 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 Border Police detention facilities in Elhovo, Sofia Airport and Svilengrad (Kapitan Andreevo) and carried out...

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The Republic of Moldova should put an end to informal power structures among prisoners, says Council of Europe anti-torture committee

13/12/2018

The purpose of the visit was to assess progress made in implementing the CPT’s previous recommendations concerning the situation in prisons, in particular as regards the phenomenon of an informal prison hierarchy and the related problem of inter-prisoner violence and intimidation as well as the...

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Anti-torture committee welcomes improvements in Northern Ireland and calls for further progress

06/12/2018

In a report published today, the committee highlighted the “enormous culture change” that has taken place within the Police Service of Northern Ireland since the 1990s. Safeguards against ill-treatment operate satisfactorily, it said, and their application in several police stations might be...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Albania

04/12/2018

The main objective of the visit was to review progress made as regards the implementation of recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. Particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody and of inmates in several prison...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits France

04/12/2018

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of persons deprived of their liberty under immigration and asylum law. In the course of the visit, the delegation held consultations with senior officials of the Ministry of the Interior and of the Ministry...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Hungary

30/11/2018

During the visit, the delegation focussed its attention on the situation of persons in police custody, prisoners placed in HSR units (special regime units for inmates serving long sentences, including whole life sentences), juvenile prisoners and persons placed in social care homes. In the course...

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CPT holds its November 2018 plenary meeting

09/11/2018

During this meeting, the Committee adopted the reports on its periodic visits to the Slovak Republic (March 2018) and Norway (May/June 2018), and on its ad hoc visits to Lithuania (April 2018), Turkey (April 2018) and the Republic of Moldova (June 2018), as well as on the monitoring of a return...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Russian Federation

02/11/2018

The primary objective of the visit was to examine the progress made as regards the implementation of previous CPT recommendations concerning the situation of patients in civil and forensic psychiatric hospitals and of residents of social care homes (psycho-neurological boarding homes). In the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the United Kingdom, focusing on police and prisons in Scotland

30/10/2018

The primary purpose of the visit was to examine the situation in police and prison establishments in Scotland and to assess the progress made since the CPT’s previous visit in 2012. During the visit the delegation examined the situation of prisoners in various Scottish prisons, and paid specific...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Bulgarian response to the report on the 2017 visit

23/10/2018

In the report the CPT had made recommendations on treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody and penitentiary establishments, also the treatment, conditions and legal safeguards offered to psychiatric patients, residents of social care institutions, as well as immigration...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Czech Republic

15/10/2018

The visit was an opportunity to assess 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 police and...

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Anti-torture Committee publishes report on periodic visit to Croatia focusing on police, prisons and psychiatry

02/10/2018

The report reviews the treatment of persons detained by the police, the situation of inmates held in three county prisons (i.e. Zagreb, Split and Osijek) and the Zagreb Prison Hospital as well as the treatment of juveniles deprived of their liberty under criminal legislation. The situation of...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Georgia

25/09/2018

During the visit, the delegation assessed progress made in the implementation of the recommendations made by the CPT following the previous visit in 2014. In this context, the delegation paid particular attention to the treatment of persons in police custody and the situation of prisoners in...

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Hungary: anti-torture Committee observed decent conditions in transit zones but criticises treatment of irregular migrants when ‘pushed back’ to Serbia

18/09/2018

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of foreigners detained under aliens legislation. To this end, the delegation visited two transit zones at Röszke and Tompa situated on the border with Serbia and several other establishments, and, on the...

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