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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee announces periodic visits to eight countries in 2023

27/07/2022

The Committee intends to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the following countries: Albania Armenia Cyprus Hungary Luxembourg Malta North Macedonia Slovak Republic Persons and organisations in possession of relevant information concerning the situation of persons...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes the response of the Albanian authorities to the report on the 2021 visit

13/07/2022

The main objective of the visit was to examine the situation of male and female forensic psychiatric patients in the country. In the visit report, the CPT acknowledged the measures taken by the Albanian authorities to temporarily transfer all male forensic psychiatric patients from Zaharia...

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The CPT held its July 2022 plenary meeting

11/07/2022

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) held its 108th plenary meeting in Strasbourg from 4 to 8 July 2022. For the first time since March 2020, virtually all members attended the meeting physically. During this meeting, the CPT...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on its 2021 visit to the United Kingdom

07/07/2022

In the report, the CPT again highlights the cumulative deleterious effects on the lives of prisoners of chronic overcrowding, poor living conditions and the lack of purposeful regimes. Since 2016, these long-standing problems have been exacerbated by a significant escalation in levels of...

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CPT President meets with Councillor for Justice of Catalonia (Spain)

21/06/2022

On 20 June 2022, at the Council of Europe's Paris Office, Alan Mitchell, President of the CPT, met Lourdes Ciuró i Buldó, Councillor for Justice (Consellera de Justícia) of the autonomous regional government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Cataluña), assisted by Sergi Blàzquez, Secretary for Penal...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes its report on the ad hoc visit to Georgia

16/06/2022

The objective of the visit was to review the implementation of the CPT’s recommendations made in the report on its 2018 periodic visit concerning steps required to combat the phenomena of inter-prisoner violence, intimidation and extortion and the influence of informal prisoner hierarchy in...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Montenegro

15/06/2022

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by the police as well as the conditions of detention of persons held on remand in prison. In the course of the visit, the CPT’s delegation also reviewed the implementation of the legal safeguards...

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The Council of Europe's anti-torture Committee publishes a report on Switzerland

08/06/2022

On the subject of law enforcement, the CPT has received a number of complaints of excessive use of force by police officers and recommends that action to prevent police violence be enhanced. The Committee considers that the practice, which was observed in two police stations visited in Vaud, of...

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The Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Portugal

07/06/2022

The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons detained by law enforcement agencies as well as the treatment and conditions of detention of persons held in prisons following up on the recommendations made by the CPT in its report on the 2019 visit....

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The Council of Europe anti-torture Committee held high-level talks in Bulgaria

07/06/2022

Representatives of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) have recently returned from high-level talks in Sofia, Bulgaria. The main objective of the talks, which took place on 31 May and 1 June 2022, was to discuss...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Netherlands

31/05/2022

In the course of the visit, the delegation assessed the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and it examined the treatment of persons in prison and their conditions of detention. The delegation also visited the extra-security facility (EBI) at Vught...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Latvia

24/05/2022

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Latvian 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 safeguards afforded to persons deprived of...

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Комитетот за превенција на тортура (КПТ) на Советот на Европа и ЦЕБ одржаа разговори на високо ниво, за затворските реформи во Република Северна Македонија

18/05/2022

Претседателот на Европскиот комитет за превенција на тортура и нечовечко или понижувачко постапување или казнување (КПТ), Алан Мичел, и вицегувернерот на Банката за развој на Советот на Европа (ЦЕБ), Томас Бочек, се сретнаа со премиерот на Северна Македонија, Димитар Ковачевски, за да разменат...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes a report on Albania

26/04/2022

The main objective of the visit was to examine the situation of forensic psychiatric patients and to review the progress made as regards the implementation of the CPT’s long-standing recommendation that all such patients be transferred to a proper forensic psychiatric facility. To this end, the...

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Anti-torture committee calls for setting a limit to the number of inmates in every prison and promoting non-custodial measures

21/04/2022

In this annual report, the CPT underlines that although, over the years, some countries have achieved tangible progress in tackling prison overcrowding, this problem persists in many prisons systems, especially in establishments accommodating remand prisoners. In addition, even in countries where...

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Council of Europe anti-torture committee publishes report on Romania, highlighting that the challenges facing the prison system remain extensive

14/04/2022

The CPT calls for the reform of the prison system as outlined in the updated Action Plan for the period 2020-2025 to be vigorously pursued. Improving the living conditions, offering a range of purposeful activities for prisoners to assist them in preparing for reintegration into the community,...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee carries out 12-day visit to Italy

11/04/2022

In the course of the visit, the CPT’s delegation assessed the treatment and the conditions of detention in which persons were held in four prison establishments and it also examined the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by law enforcement agencies. In addition, the delegation...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Poland

05/04/2022

The main objective of the visit was to review the measures taken by the Polish 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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Statement from the CPT President

31.03.2022

Following the Committee of Ministers’ Resolution CM/Res(2022)2 of 16 March 2022, the Russian Federation ceased to be a member of the Council of Europe as from 16 March 2022. Resolution CM/Res(2022)3, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 23 March 2022, further specifies, among other things,...

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The Russian Federation is excluded from the Council of Europe

22/03/2022

In an extraordinary meeting, on the morning of 16 March 2022, the Committee of Ministers decided, in the context of the procedure launched under Article 8 of the Statute of the Council of Europe, that the Russian Federation ceases to be a member of the Council of Europe as from that date, after...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on its 2021 periodic visit to Serbia

10/03/2022

In the course of the visit, a significant number of credible allegations of torture and other forms of ill-treatment of detained persons by police officers were received by the CPT’s delegation. These allegations consisted of slaps, punches, kicks and truncheon blows as well as the application of...

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The CPT held its first plenary meeting in 2022

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) held its 107th plenary meeting in Strasbourg from 28 February to 4 March 2022. The meeting took place in a hybrid format with most members attending in person. During this meeting, the CPT...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes the response of the Croatian authorities to the report on the 2020 ad hoc visit on migration issues

01/03/2022

The response has been made public at the request of the Croatian authorities following the recent high-level talks held between the President of the CPT and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of Croatia, on 4 February 2022 in Strasbourg. Read the response: in English; in...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes the response of the Swedish authorities to the report on the 2021 visit

25/02/2022

The response has been made public under the automatic publication procedure introduced by the Swedish authorities. The CPT's report was published in September 2021. Read the response Read the report The CPT and Sweden

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) President holds high-level talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of Croatia on migration issues

08/02/2022

The talks focussed on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the CPT’s report on the 2020 ad hoc visit to Croatia, published on 3 December 2021. The CPT’s President reiterated the necessity for the Croatian authorities to maintain a constant vigilance to ensure that migrants...

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