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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee
publishes report on Estonia


Strasbourg, 19.04.2011 – 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 third periodic visit to Estonia in May 2007, together with the response of the Estonian Government. These documents have been made public at the request of the Estonian authorities.

In the course of the 2007 visit, the CPT’s delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Estonian authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its previous visits. Particular attention was paid to the treatment of persons detained by the police (including during the disturbances that took place in Tallinn at the end of April 2007), as well as to the conditions of detention in police arrest houses and prisons. The delegation also examined the treatment and living conditions of psychiatric patients and social care home residents.

In their response to the various recommendations made in the CPT’s visit report, the Estonian authorities provide information on the measures taken to address the concerns raised by the Committee.

The CPT’s visit report and the response of the Estonian Government are available in English on the CPT’s website:


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