(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.
GRECO has published today its Second Addendum to the Second Compliance Report of Third Evaluation Round on Azerbaijan (on themes “Incriminations (ETS 173 and 191, GPC 2)” and ”Transparency of Party Funding”), as adopted by GRECO at its 75th Plenary Meeting (Strasbourg, 20-24 March 2017). The adoption of this second Addendum terminates the Third Round compliance procedure in respect of Azerbaijan.
In the report on its November 2016 visit to Ukraine, published today, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) expresses serious concern about the frequency of allegations of ill-treatment by police officers (such as slaps, punches, kicks or blows with a truncheon or a plastic bottle filled with water). In most cases, the ill-treatment was allegedly inflicted by operational police officers attempting to obtain confessions or other information. In a number of cases, the CPT’s delegation also gathered medical evidence consistent with the allegations made. The CPT calls upon the Ukrainian authorities to pursue a policy of “zero tolerance” of police ill-treatment.
https://rm.coe.int/pdf/1680727931 (resumen ejecutivo)
In the report on its most recent visit to Germany, published today, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) praises progress made to improve the treatment of detained persons and detention conditions, but also found striking contrasts between establishments visited in different Federal States (Länder).
https://rm.coe.int/executive-summary-to-the-report-to-the-german-governmenton-the-visit-/1680718550 (Resumen ejecutivo)
https://rm.coe.int/response-of-the-german-government-to-the-report-of-theeuropean-commit/16807182d1 (Respuesta del gobierno alemán).
CPT urges European states to hold persons in remand detention only as a measure of last resort and in adequate conditions.
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) urges the 47 Council of Europe member states to use remand detention only as a measure of last resort and to provide remand prisoners with adequate detention conditions. During visits to prisons throughout Europe, the CPT has often found that remand prisoners are held under very poor conditions and an impoverished regime.
In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) raises serious concerns over the lack of safety for inmates and staff in prisons in England. Causes include prison violence spiralling out of control, poor regimes and chronic overcrowding. The report also examines the treatment afforded to patients in a number of psychiatric hospitals. It notes the caring approach by staff in these institutions but is critical of the safeguards concerning forced treatment, the use of force on patients and the use of long-term segregation and night-time confinement in high secure hospitals. Treatment of detained persons by the police and the situation in immigration centres are also covered in the report.
https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=090000168070a774 (resumen ejecutivo).
The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) published today the report on its most recent visit to France from 15 to 27 November 2015, together with the response of the French authorities.The main findings of the CPT are set out in the Executive Summary of the report.
During the visit, the CPT’s delegation paid particular attention to the conditions of detention in three remand prisons affected by severe overcrowding as well as to the regime applied to certain categories of sentenced prisoners in different establishments, including in a unit for “radicalised” prisoners. Another objective of the visit was to examine the situation of involuntary patients in several psychiatric establishments and of residents in a long-term care institution. In addition, the delegation visited twelve police and gendarmerie establishments in different parts of the country.
The CPT’s report and the response of the French authorities have been made public at the request of the French Government.
https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=0900001680707075 (resumen ejecutivo)
https://rm.coe.int/CoERMPublicCommonSearchServices/DisplayDCTMContent?documentId=0900001680707076 (respuesta del gobierno francés)