Nazaj Council of Europe anti-torture Committee holds high-level talks with Turkish authorities

Representatives of the European Committee for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (CPT) recently went to Ankara for talks with Mehmet Ali ŞAHIN, Minister of Justice, and senior officials of the Ministries of Justice, the Interior, Foreign Affairs, National Defence and the Turkish Armed Forces.
Issues discussed during the talks on 13 October 2008 included the conditions of detention of Abdullah Öcalan, who has been held for more than nine years as the sole inmate of the prison on the island of Imralı. The CPT’s representatives also raised other matters with the Turkish authorities, in particular, recent allegations of ill-treatment of detained persons by law enforcement officials and prison officers, as well as the situation of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation.

The CPT’s representatives were Mauro PALMA, President of the CPT, Marc NEVE and Jean-Pierre RESTELLINI, members of the CPT, and Michael NEURAUTER (Head of Division) of the Committee’s Secretariat.
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