Strasbourg, 12.12.2007 - 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 the United Kingdom from 2 to 6 December 2007.
The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of two persons convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), who are serving their sentences at Frankland and Shotts Prisons (1).
The delegation also visited Paddington Green High Security Police Station in London.
In the course of the visit, the CPT’s delegation held discussions with the United Kingdom authorities on a number of issues, including: the safeguards to be applied and conditions of detention to be offered in the event of prolonged police custody; diplomatic assurances and related Memoranda of Understanding in the context of deportation procedures; the use of force and means of restraint during the deportation of immigration detainees; the use of means of restraint on children in detention; overcrowding in prisons in England and Wales. In this context, the delegation met State Minister of Justice David Hanson, Interim Chair of the Youth Justice Board Graham Robb and senior officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.
The delegation also met representatives from the Children’s Rights Alliance
for England, Liberty and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
The visit was carried out by two members of the CPT, Mario FELICE (Maltese), Head of delegation, and Veronica PIMENOFF (Finnish). They were supported by Trevor STEVENS, Executive Secretary, and Hugh CHETWYND, Head of Division, of the CPT’s Secretariat.
(1) This specific monitoring activity of the CPT flows from an Exchange of letters between the ICTY and the CPT dated 7 and 24 November 2000 and the Agreement between the United Nations and the United Kingdom Government of 11 March 2004.