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
Estonia from 23 to 30 September
2003. It was the Committee's third visit to Estonia.
During the visit,
the CPTs delegation followed
up a certain number of issues already examined during the two previous visits,
in particular in respect of conditions of detention in police arrest houses and
prisons. In addition, visits were carried out to a psychiatric hospital and a
social care home.
visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:
- Ale BUTALA (Slovenian)
- Emilia DRUMEVA (Bulgarian)
- Tatiana RĂDUCANU (Moldovan)
- Erik SVANIDZE (Georgian).
were assisted by Enda DOOLEY, Director of Prison Health Care, Irish Prison
Service, Dublin, Ireland (expert), and James MacKEITH, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, London, United Kingdom (expert), as
well as by Bojana URUMOVA and Michael NEURAUTER of the CPT's Secretariat.
course of the visit, the delegation held consultations with Ken-Marti VAHER,
Minister of Justice, and Allar Jõks,
Legal Chancellor of the Republic, as well as with senior officials from the
Ministries of Justice, the Interior, and Social Affairs.
delegation visited the following places:
under the Ministry of the Interior
Arrest House, Saue
Jõgeva Arrest House
Kohtla-Järve Arrest House
Narva Arrest House
Tallinn Arrest House
Tartu Arrest House
Harju Police Headquarters, Saue
Kohtla-Järve Police Station
Narva Police Headquarters
Põhja Police Department, Tallinn
under the Ministry of Justice
under the Ministry of Social Affairs
Kernu Social Welfare Home