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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Channel Islands

Strasbourg, 29.03.2010 - 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 Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey from 15 to 22 March 2010. This was the CPT's first visit to the Channel Islands.

The CPTís delegation consisted of Wolfgang HEINZ, Head of delegation and member of the CPT in respect of Germany, and two experts, Veronica PIMENOFF, Expert for psychiatry at Kuopio Administrative Court (Finland), and Jurgen VAN POECKE, Director of Bruges Prison (Belgium), supported by Hugh CHETWYND, Head of Division, and Caterina BOLOGNESE, of the CPTís Secretariat.

In Guernsey, the CPTís delegation met Lyndon TROTT, Chief Minister, Hunter ADAMS, Minister of Health and Social Services, Francis QUIN, Deputy Minister of the Home Department, Howard ROBERTS QC, Attorney General, Mike BROWN, Chief Executive of the States of Guernsey, as well as senior officials from relevant departments.

In Jersey, the CPTís delegation met Jackie HILTON, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Judith MARTIN, Assistant Minister for Health and Social Services, as well as senior officials from relevant departments. It also met William BAILHACHE QC, Deputy Bailiff, Howard SHARP, Solicitor General, and members of the Police Complaints Authority and of the Prison Board of Visitors.

The CPTís delegation also met officials from the Ministry of Justice in London.

The delegation visited the following places of deprivation of liberty:

Bailiwick of Guernsey

    - Police Headquarters, St. Peter Port

    - Les Nicolles Prison

    - Perruque House Secure Unit for Juveniles

    - Customs Vehicle Clearance Hall, White Rock, St. Peter Port

    - Albecq Psychiatric Ward, Castel Hospital

Bailiwick of Jersey

    - Rouge Bouillon Police Headquarters, St. Helier

    - Customs and Immigration custody rooms, St. Helier Harbour

    - La Moye Prison

    - Greenfields Secure Accommodation Unit for Juveniles

    - Orchard House Acute Psychiatric Unit, St. Saviour's Hospital

The CPTís delegation also visited the United Kingdom, where it examined the treatment and conditions of detention of three persons convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and who are serving their sentences at Belmarsh, Shotts and Wakefield Prisons(1). This visit was carried out from 22 to 26 March 2010.


(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 an Agreement between the United Nations and the United Kingdom Government, dated 11 March 2004.


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