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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Latvia

Strasbourg, 10.12.2009 – A delegation of the Council of Europe Committee for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (CPT) carried out an ad hoc visit to Latvia from 3 to 8 December 2009.

The main objective of the visit was to review progress made as regards the treatment and conditions of detention of prisoners, in the light of the recommendations made by the Committee after the 2007 visit to Latvia[1]. To that end, the CPT’s delegation visited Jēkabpils Prison and the units for life-sentenced prisoners at Daugavgrīvas and Jelgava Prisons.

In the course of the visit, the delegation had consultations with Mareks SEGLIŅŠ, Minister of Justice, Mārtiņš LAZDOVSKIS, State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Visvaldis PUĶĪTE, Head of the Latvian Prison Administration, as well as other senior officials from the Ministry of Justice and the Prosecution Office. It also met Romāns APSĪTIS, Ombudsman of Latvia.

At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the Latvian authorities.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the Committee:

- Pétur HAUKSSON, 2nd Vice-President of the CPT, Head of delegation (Icelander)
- Lətif HÜSEYNOV (Azerbaijani)
- George TUGUSHI (Georgian).

They were supported by Elvin ALIYEV of the CPT’s Secretariat.

[1]               The CPT’s report on the 2007 visit will be published on 15 December 2009, together with the responses of the Latvian Government.

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