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Anti-torture committee targets ill-treatment in detention in Slovenia and “return flights” of foreign nationals from the UK

19/07/2013

Anti-torture committee targets ill-treatment in detention in Slovenia and “return flights” of foreign nationals from the UK
 

Strasbourg, 19/07/2013 – In separate reports, the Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee, the CPT has published recommendations following visits made in 2012 to the United Kingdom and to Slovenia.

The visit to the UK examined treatment of foreign nationals during a removal operation by air to Sri Lanka and the conditions under which the removal operation took place. As “return flights” become ever more frequent and widespread throughout Europe, the CPT is alert to the inherent risk of inhuman and degrading treatment.

In Slovenia, the CPT visited police, prison and psychiatric establishments, looking at treatment of detainees and their conditions of detention.
 
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The CPT organises visits to places of detention, in order to assess how persons deprived of their liberty are treated. These places include prisons, juvenile detention centres, police stations, holding centres for immigration detainees, psychiatric hospitals, social care homes, etc.

CPT delegations have unlimited access to places of detention, and the right to move inside such places without restriction. They interview persons deprived of their liberty in private, and communicate freely with anyone who can provide information.

The CPT’s full title is the “European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment”. This highlights two important features: first, it is European in coverage, and second, it not only covers “torture”, but also a whole range of situations which could amount to “inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.

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