Strasbourg, 12.06.2012 – A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a periodic visit to Estonia from 30 May to 6 June 2012.
The CPT’s delegation assessed progress made since the previous visit in 2007, in particular as regards conditions in police detention facilities and at Tallinn Prison. A first-time visit was carried out to Viru Prison, which had opened in 2008, the delegation paying particular attention to the juvenile and maximum security units. The delegation also examined the treatment of involuntary patients at the country’s largest psychiatric hospital and of residents at a social care home.
In the course of the visit, the delegation had consultations with Hanno PEVKUR, Minister of Social Affairs, Margus SARAPUU and Priit KAMA, respectively Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice, and Tarmo TÜRKSON, Secretary General of the Ministry of the Interior, as well as with other senior officials from these Ministries. The delegation also held meetings with Indrek TEDER, Chancellor of Justice, and representatives of non-governmental organisations active in areas of concern to the CPT.
At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the Estonian authorities.
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)
- Mykola GNATOVSKYY (Ukrainian)
- Georg HØYER (Norwegian)
- Ivan MIFSUD (Maltese)
- Ana RACU (Moldovan)
- Vytautas RAŠKAUSKAS (Lithuanian).
They were supported by Trevor STEVENS, Executive Secretary of the CPT, Elvin ALIYEV and Julien ATTUIL-KAYSER of the CPT's Secretariat, and assisted by Veronica PIMENOFF, psychiatrist, Head of Department at the Helsinki University Psychiatric Hospital (Finland).
The delegation visited the following places:
Haapsalu Detention House
Jõhvi Detention House
Narva Detention House
Rakvere Detention House
North Prefecture Detention
Kohtla-Järva Constable Department
North Prefecture, Public Order Bureau, City Centre Police Station, Tallinn
North Prefecture, Public Order Bureau, East Police Station, Tallinn
North Prefecture, Public Order Bureau, South Police Station, Tallinn
Psychiatric / social care establishments
North Estonia Medical Centre Foundation, Tallinn
Koluvere Care Home
Detention barracks of the Guard Battalion, Tallinn.