The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the report on its ad hoc visit to Turkey, which took place from 16 to 23 June 2015, together with the response of the Turkish Government. Both documents have been made public at the request of the Turkish authorities.
https://rm.coe.int/pdf%20/168075ec0b (resumen ejecutivo)
The report recalls that since 2006 the CPT has repeatedly highlighted certain fundamental structural issues, such as a lack of policy on how to manage complex institutions, an inadequate system of reporting and supervision, and the poor management and performance of staff. The findings from the December 2016 visit demonstrate that little progress has been made to address these issues across the prison system. Moreover, at Idrizovo Prison, the provision of health-care remains totally inadequate and places prisoners lives at risk; the absence of any appropriate regime means prisoners have nothing constructive to do; and the conditions of detention in several parts of the prison could be considered as inhuman.
In a report on its April and July 2016 visits to Greece, published today, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) raises concerns over the situation in the “hotspots” on the Aegean islands and is highly critical of the continued immigration detention of unaccompanied children.
Executive summary: https://rm.coe.int/pdf/168074f90d
Government response: https://rm.coe.int/pdf/168074f90e
In its new report published today, the Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee gives a generally positive assessment of the treatment of persons detained by the police, the situation of prisoners and of foreign nationals deprived of their liberty, as well as of forensic psychiatric patients. However, additional safeguards are needed for the usage of electrical discharge weapons by the police, effective protection against refoulement should be ensured, and the use of means of restraint for psychiatric patients should be revised. The response of the Slovenian authorities was published together with the report (in English and Slovenian). The delegation of the Committee to Prevent Torture (CPT) received only a few isolated allegations of the police ill-treatment of detained persons. However, from the very outset of the deprivation of liberty detained persons should be ensured the access to a lawyer. Additional safeguards are also needed in the light of the recently introduced possibility of the use of electrical discharge weapons by the police: officials who may use them should be carefully selected and trained, and the criteria governing their use should be similar to those applicable to firearms.
In a report published today on its periodic visit to Italy (8-21 April 2016), the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) raises its concerns over allegations of physical ill-treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by law enforcement agencies or in prisons. Moreover, persons in police custody do not always benefit from the safeguards afforded them by law.
https://rm.coe.int/pdf/16807412c3 (resumen ejecutivo)
The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) publishes the report on its most recent visit to Liechtenstein from 20 to 24 June 2016, together with the response of the Liechtenstein authorities.
https://rm.coe.int/pdf/168073d17c (resumen ejecutivo)
(27/07/2017). 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 Ukrainian authorities to the report on the Committee’s November 2016 ad hoc visit, in which the CPT had made recommendations on police ill-treatment, ongoing prison reform and conditions of detention of remand and sentenced prisoners, including lifers.
The response has been made public under an automatic publication procedure introduced by the Ukrainian authorities in 2014. According to this procedure, all documents related to CPT visits shall be published automatically, unless the Ukrainian authorities submit within one month a request to postpone (for a period of up to six months) the publication of the document concerned.
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has issued a Public Statement on Belgium today. This Statement, which is made in application of Article 10 (2) of the ECPT,* addresses the ongoing failure of the Belgian authorities to put in place a minimum level of service to guarantee the rights of inmates during periods of industrial action by prison staff.
In a report published today on its most recent visit to Latvia (1222 April 2016), the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) calls on the Latvian authorities to take measures, among others, to prevent ill-treatment, guarantee the access to a lawyer, address inter-prisoner violence and improve access to healthcare in prisons.
GRECO has published today its Fourth Round Compliance Report on Ireland which was adopted by GRECO at its 75th Plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 20-24 March 2017), after authorisation received from the authorities of Ireland.