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

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published today the report on its April 2014 visit to the Czech Republic.

During the visit, the CPT’s delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Czech authorities to implement various recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits, notably as regards the treatment of detained persons and conditions of detention in police establishments and several prisons. Particular attention was paid to the situation of juveniles, high-security and life-sentenced prisoners. For the first time in the Czech Republic, the delegation examined the treatment of and legal safeguards offered to persons held under the court-ordered measure of “security detention” at Brno Prison. Further, the delegation visited a detention centre for foreigners as well as a psychiatric hospital where it examined the situation of involuntary patients. The report also deals with the issue of surgical castration of sex offenders which was the subject of consultations with representatives of the relevant national authorities.
The visit report has been made public at the request of the Czech authorities.

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