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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Bulgaria

Strasbourg, 14.05.2012 – A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out an ad hoc visit to Bulgaria from 4 to 10 May 2012.

The main objective of the visit was to review the current situation as regards the treatment and conditions of prisoners in establishments under the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice. For this purpose, the CPT’s delegation visited Burgas and Varna Prisons.

The delegation held consultations with Plamen GEORGIEV, Deputy Minister of Justice and Mitko DIMITROV, General Director of the General Directorate of Execution of Sanctions, as well as with other senior officials from the Ministries of Justice and Health.

At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the Bulgarian authorities.

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

- Dan DERMENGIU, Head of delegation


They were supported by Isabelle SERVOZ-GALLUCCI, from the CPT’s Secretariat, and assisted by Alan MITCHELL, Former Head of Healthcare, Scottish Prison Service, United Kingdom.

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