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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Greenland


Strasbourg, 02.10.2012 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a visit to Greenland from 25 to 27 September 2012. It was the Committee's first visit to Greenland *.

In the course of the visit, the delegation examined the treatment of persons in police custody, the conditions of detention in Nuuk Prison and the situation of persons subjected to involuntary psychiatric hospitalisation.

While in Greenland, the delegation held consultations with the High Commissioner, Ms Mikaela ENGELL, the Chief of Police, Mr Bj°rn TEGNER BAY, the Director of the Prison and Probation Service, Mr Thomas NICOLAISEN, and the Deputy Minister of Health of the Greenland Government, Ms Ann BIRKEKJǼR KJELDSEN. Further, after the end of the visit, on 28 September, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to senior officials in Copenhagen, including Mr Jens-Christian B▄LOW, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice.

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

- Haritini DIPLA (Greek), Acting 1st Vice-President of the CPT, Head of delegation
- Stefan KRAKOWSKI (Swedish).

They were supported by Borys WĎDZ, Head of Division at the CPT's Secretariat.

The delegation visited the following places of deprivation of liberty:

- Nuuk Police Station
- Nuuk Prison
- Psychiatric ward of Queen Ingrid Hospital, Nuuk.

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* Greenland is a semi-autonomous entity within the Kingdom of Denmark.


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