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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Spain

26.06.2012 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out an ad hoc visit to Spain from 19 to 22 June 2012.

The main objective of the visit was to examine the action taken to improve the conditions of detention at Barcelona Prison for Men (La Modelo) in the light of the recommendations made by the CPT after previous visits.

In the course of the visit, the CPT's delegation held consultations with Ramon PARÉS GALLÉS, the Director General of Prisons, Department of Justice of the Generalitat de Catalunya. It also met with the Catalan Ombudsman, Mr Rafael RIBO I MASSO and held discussions with representatives of non-governmental organisations active in areas of concern to the CPT.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:
- Celso DAS NEVES MANATA (Portuguese), Head of delegation,
- Andres MAGNUSSON (Icelandic),
- Olivera VULIC (Montenegrin).

They were supported by Hugh CHETWYND, Head of Division in the CPT's Secretariat.

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