Strasbourg, 06.11.2013 – The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) urges the 47 Council of Europe member states to ensure the accurate and timely reporting of medical evidence of ill-treatment of detained persons, in order to facilitate investigations.
In its annual report published today, the Committee points out that the documenting and reporting of medical evidence of ill-treatment is unsatisfactory in many European states. The procedures in place do not always guarantee that injuries borne by detained persons will be recorded appropriately and reported to the relevant authorities.
The CPT stresses that when persons enter prisons, they should be properly interviewed and physically examined by a health-care professional within 24 hours. “The documenting and reporting of medical evidence is essential for investigating cases of possible ill-treatment and holding perpetrators to account, which is the strongest deterrent against future abuse”, said Lətif Hüseynov, the CPT President.
The CPT´s annual report contains information on the 21 visits it carried out between August 2012 and July 2013. (more...)