Voltar Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has published today the report on its June/July 2008 ad hoc visit to "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" , together with the authorities’ response.
The 2008 visit focused on the treatment and conditions of detention of sentenced and remand prisoners. In this context, it assessed developments in relation to prison healthcare services and examined the use of means of restraint within prison. Particular attention was also paid to the issue of safeguards against ill-treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by law enforcement officials. The visit was prompted by the fact that the authorities’ response to the report on a previous visit in 2007 did not address many of the issues identified by the Committee.

The CPT remains concerned about the apparent lack of action taken to tackle serious concerns such as ill-treatment of detained persons (including juveniles) by police and prison officers and the poor conditions of detention in prisons. The report states that little progress was observed during the 2008 visit and highlights the necessity for the authorities to provide the Committee with accurate and reliable responses as a prerequisite for cooperation.

The CPT’s report on the June/July 2008 visit and the response of the national authorities are available on the CPT's website http://www.cpt.coe.int.

Both documents have been made public at the request of the national authorities.
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