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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Andorra

A delegation of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) recently carried out a four-day visit to Andorra. The visit began on 28 November 2011. It was the Committee's third periodic visit to Andorra.

The CPT's delegation examined the measures taken by the Andorran authorities in response to the recommendations made following its previous visit (in 2004); in particular, attention was paid to the safeguards afforded to persons detained by the police following recent legislative reforms and to the conditions of detention in the new prison establishment of La Comella (as well as the conditions of hospitalisation of prisoners at the Hospital of Nostra Senyora de Meritxell). It also examined the treatment of persons suffering from mental health problems.

During the visit, the CPT's delegation held discussions with Marc VILA, Minister for Justice and Interior, and Cristina RODRIGUEZ, Minister for Health and Welfare, as well as with senior officials from these Ministries. It also met Alfons ALBERCA, General Prosecutor (Fiscal General) and Josep RODRIGUEZ GUTIERREZ, Ombudsman (Raonador del CiutadÓ).

The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:

They were supported by Cristian LODA of the CPT's Secretariat and assisted by Cyrille ORIZET, psychiatrist at the European Hospital Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.

The delegation visited the following establishments:

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