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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Albania
to monitor the treatment of persons detained during recent disturbances in Tirana

Strasbourg, 04.02.2011 - A delegation of the Council of Europe´s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has just completed a three-day ad hoc visit to Albania. The main objective of the visit, which began on 30 January 2011, was to examine the treatment of persons who had been taken into custody in the context of disturbances that had occurred on 21 January 2011 in Tirana. For this purpose, the delegation interviewed in private virtually all the persons still in detention (some 35 in total) and examined relevant records at Tirana Prisons Nos. 302 and 313 and at several police establishments in Tirana (Police Directorate General, Police Stations Nos. 1 and 2).

In the course of the visit, the delegation held consultations with Lulzim Basha, Minister of the Interior, and Hysni Burgaj, Director General of the State Police, as well as with Ina Rama, Prosecutor General of Albania. In addition, it met representatives of the Office of the People´s Advocate (in their capacity as National Preventive Mechanism under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture) and Dr. Besim Ymaj, Director of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine.

The CPT delegation was composed of Lətif Hüseynov (Azerbaijani), Head of Delegation, and Marija Definis-Gojanović (Croatian), and supported by Michael Neurauter, Head of Division, of the CPT´s Secretariat.

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