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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Latvia

Strasbourg, 15.12.2009 – 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 visit to Latvia, carried out in November/December 2007, together with the responses of the Latvian Government. These documents have been made public at the request of the Latvian authorities.

During the 2007 visit, the CPT reviewed the measures taken by the Latvian authorities following the recommendations made by the Committee after its previous visits. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the fundamental safeguards against ill-treatment offered to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and to conditions of detention in police “short-term isolators”.

The Committee also examined in detail various issues related to prisons, in particular the situation of juvenile and female prisoners as well as the regime and security measures applied to life-sentenced prisoners. In addition, the CPT visited a psychiatric hospital and a social welfare institution, where it examined the treatment and living conditions of patients and residents and the legal safeguards in the context of admission procedures.

In their responses to the visit report, the Latvian authorities provide information on the measures being taken to implement the CPT's recommendations.

The CPT's report and the responses of the Latvian Government are available in English on the Committee's website (

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