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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Greece

Strasbourg, 17.11.2010 – 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 fifth periodic visit to Greece in September 2009, together with the response of the Greek Government. These documents have been made public at the request of the Greek authorities.

In the course of the 2009 visit, the CPT’s delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Greek authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its previous visits. It focused in particular on the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons deprived of their liberty by law enforcement officials, and examined the conditions of detention in police and border guard stations, coast guard posts and in special facilities for irregular migrants. The CPT’s delegation also visited a number of prisons, examining the treatment and conditions of detention of inmates, including the activities offered to them and health care provision.

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

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

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