STRASBOURG, 29.07.97 - A delegation of the COUNCIL OF EUROPE Committee for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (CPT) has recently carried out a ten day visit to Estonia. The visit, which began in Tallinn on 13 July 1997, was carried out within the framework of the CPT's programme of periodic visits for 1997.
The members of the delegation were:
The delegation was assisted by Timothy HARDING (Director of the University Institute of Forensic Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland) and Rod MORGAN (Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Bristol, United Kingdom) as well as by three members of the CPT's Secretariat, Trevor STEVENS (Secretary of the CPT), Jan MALINOWSKI and Bojana URUMOVA.
The delegation visited the following places:
Establishments under the authority of the Ministry of the Interior
Establishments under the authority of the Ministry of Justice
Establishments under the authority of the Ministry of Social Affairs
Establishments under the authority of the Ministry of Defence
In accordance with Article 11 of the European Convention for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the information gathered by the CPT in relation to its visit to Estonia and its consultations with the Estonian authorities are confidential.
The CPT was set up under the 1987 European Convention for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The following member States of the Council of Europe are bound by the Convention: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" (as from 1 October 1997), Turkey, Ukraine (as from 1 September 1997) and the United Kingdom.
The CPT is composed of persons from a variety of backgrounds: lawyers, medical doctors, prison experts, persons with parliamentary experience, etc. Its 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 CPT organises periodic visits as well as any other visits which appear to it to be required in the circumstances.
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