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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Bosnia and Herzegovina


Strasbourg, 15.04.2011 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) recently completed a ten-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The visit, which began on 5 April 2011, was the CPT’s fifth visit to this country. 

The visit provided an opportunity to assess the progress made since the periodic visit in March 2007 and the ad hoc visit in May 2009. The CPT’s delegation  paid particular attention to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by law enforcement officials and to the operation in practice of the legal safeguards in place. It examined various issues related to prisons, notably as regards inmates on remand, prisoners placed in high security units and disciplinary procedures. The delegation also looked into the treatment of patients at a psychiatric hospital, and of residents at a social care home.

In the course of the visit, the CPT’s delegation held consultations with Bariša ČOLAK, State Minister of Justice, and Stanislav ČAĐO and Džerard SELMAN, the Ministers of Interior and Justice of the Republika Srpska, as well as with senior officials from relevant State and Entity Ministries. It also met the State Ombudsman and the Chief Prosecutor of the Republika Srpska, and held discussions with members of non-governmental and international organisations active in areas of concern to the CPT.

 At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 

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

-           Wolfgang HEINZ (German), Head of delegation

-           Eugenijus GEFENAS (Lithuanian)

-           Mykola GNATOVSKYY (Ukrainian)

-           Pétur HAUKSSON (Icelander)

-           Sonja KURTÉN-VARTIO (Finnish)

-           Ilvija PŪCE (Latvian)

-           Olivera VULIĆ (Montenegrin).

They were supported by Hugh CHETWYND (Head of Division), Elvin ALIYEV and Christian LODA of the CPT's Secretariat.

The delegation visited the following places of deprivation of liberty:

Police establishments

Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
        -
       
Federal Directorate of the Police, Sarajevo
        -
       
Goražde Police Station, Canton of Bosna Podrinje
        -
       
Konjic Police Station, Canton of Herzegovina-Neretva
        -
       
Mostar Centar Police Station, Canton of Herzegovina-Neretva
        -
       
Novo Sarajevo Police Station, Canton of Sarajevo
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Sarajevo Centar Police Station, Canton of Sarajevo

 Republika Srspka

-        Banja Luka Central Police Station

-        Banja Luka Laktaši Police Station

-        Bosanska Gradiška Police Station

-        Foča Police Station

-        Istočno Sarajevo Police Station

-        Sokolac Police Station

 Immigration detention centres

 State of Bosnia and Herzegovina
        -     Lukavica immigration detention centre

 Prison establishments

 State of Bosnia and Herzegovina
              -     Pre-trial detention centre, Sarajevo

 Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina   
       
-        Remand section of Mostar Prison
        -
       
Sarajevo Remand Prison
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Zenica Closed Prison (High-security unit)

 Republika Srpska
        -
       
Banja Luka Prison
        -
       
Doboj Prison
        -
       
Foča Closed Prison
        -
       
Remand section of Istočno Sarajevo Prison

 Prosecutor’s Offices

 Republika Srpska
        -
       
Istočno Sarajevo Drstrict Prosecutor’s Office
        -
       
Special Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Organised Crime, Banja Luka

 Psychiatric institutions  

Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
       
-        Forensic Psychiatric Annexe in Zenica Prison 

Republika Srpska
        -
       
Sokolac Psychiatric Clinic

 Social care homes 

 Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
       
-     Fojnica “Drin” Home for Mentally Disabled Persons 



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