Strasbourg, 13.12.2012 – Europe’s main anti-torture watchdog has expressed serious concerns about overcrowding in Belgian prisons and a failure to properly manage recurring strikes by prison staff.
IIn a report published today, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) called on the Belgian authorities to take urgent and decisive measures to tackle these long-standing issues. The committee also called for national talks to help draw up a new prisons policy in Belgium.
Today’s report follows an ad-hoc visit to Belgium by the CPT in April 2012 to investigate reports of deteriorating prison conditions. It has been published together with the response from the Belgian authorities. (more...)