STRASBOURG 27.1.93 - The Swiss authorities have published the report of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture on its visit to Switzerland in July 1991. The report has been published together with the Swiss Federal Council's response.
Following the visit, an ongoing dialogue has been established between the Committee and the Swiss authorities.
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture was set up under the Council of Europe's 1987 Convention and is in force between Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, The Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
The Committee is composed of persons from a variety of backgrounds: lawyers, medical doctors, penitentiary experts, persons with parliamentary experience, etc.
The Committee's task is to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty. For this purpose, it is entitled to visit any place where such persons are held by a public authority. It may formulate recommendations to strengthen, if necessary, their protection against torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
The Committee organises periodic visits as well as any other visits which appear to it to be required in the circumstances.
The Committee's report on its visit to Switzerland and the Swiss Federal Council's response can be obtained from the Council of Europe Press Department, Strasbourg (Sabine ZIMMER, tel. 184.108.40.206; fax 220.127.116.11).