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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Cyprus

Strasbourg, 06.12.2012 - 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 periodic visit to Cyprus in May 2008, together with the response of the Government of Cyprus. These documents have been made public at the request of the Cypriot authorities.  

In the report, the CPT expresses concern about the risk of ill-treatment by the police, both at the time of apprehension and during the subsequent period of custody and questioning. The report also highlights the need to tackle the problem of overcrowding at Nicosia Central Prisons and to ensure a satisfactory level of health-care provision for inmates at the establishment.   

In its response, the Cypriot Government provided details on measures being taken to address the issues raised in the report. 

The CPT's visit report and the response of the Government of Cyprus are available on the Committee's website ( 

The CPT will carry out its next periodic visit to Cyprus in 2013.

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