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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Austria

Strasbourg, 06.11.2015 - The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published today the report on its September/October 2014 visit to Austria, together with the Austrian authorities’ response.

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 the conditions under which foreign nationals were held in detention pending deportation (Schubhaft). The CPT also examined various issues related to prisons, including the situation of juvenile prisoners and inmates subjected to court-ordered forensic placement (Massnahmenvollzug). In addition, it carried out a targeted visit to a psychiatric hospital in order to examine the use of means of restraint (freiheitsbeschränkende Massnahmen).

The main findings of the CPT are set out in the Executive Summary of the report.

In their response, the Austrian authorities provide detailed information on the steps being taken to address the issues raised in the report.

The CPT’s report and the Austrian authorities’ response have been made public at the request of the Austrian Government and are available (in English and German) on the Committee's website:

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