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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Austria

Strasbourg, 11.03.2010 - The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the report on its February 2009 visit to Austria, together with the Austrian Government's response. Both documents have been made public at the request of the Austrian authorities.

In the visit report, the CPT reviewed the measures taken by the Austrian authorities following the recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the treatment of persons detained by the police and to the conditions of detention under which foreign nationals are held in police detention centres. The CPT also examined in detail various issues related to prisons, including the situation of juvenile prisoners. In addition, the report covers visits to a civil psychiatric hospital and – for the first time in Austria – to a social welfare institution for persons with learning disabilities.

The CPT's visit report and the Austrian Government's response are available (in English and German) on the Committee's website:

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