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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Germany

Strasbourg, 24.07.2014 – 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 most recent visit to Germany, which took place from 25 November to 2 December 2013, together with the response of the German authorities.

In the report, the CPT reviewed the measures taken by the German authorities following recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons held in preventive detention (Sicherungsverwahrung). Further, the CPT examined in detail the procedures for the imposition of special security measures in prisons and, in particular, the use of mechanical restraint (Fixierung). The report also deals with the issue of surgical castration of sex offenders which was the subject of consultations with representatives of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection.

In their response, the German authorities provide information on steps taken or envisaged to implement the CPT’s recommendations.

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

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