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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on French Guyana

Strasbourg, 10.12.2009 – 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 ad hoc visit to French Guyana in November/December 2008, together with the French Government's response. These documents have been made public with the agreement of the French authorities.

The main objectives of this visit were to examine the situation of prisoners at Rémire-Montjoly Prison, the only prison in this French administrative region, as well as the treatment of foreign nationals deprived of their liberty under aliens legislation. The CPT also reviewed the conditions of detention of persons in police custody and the implementation of fundamental safeguards against ill-treatment.

In their response, the French authorities provide information on the measures being taken or envisaged to address the issues raised in the CPT's report.

The CPT's visit report and the response of the French Government are available in French on the Committee's website:

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