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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Norway

Strasbourg, 21.12.2011 – 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 periodic visit to Norway carried out in May 2011. This publication has been authorised by the Norwegian authorities.

During the visit, the CPT followed up a number of issues examined during previous visits, including the fundamental safeguards offered to persons deprived of their liberty by the police and the conditions of detention of immigration detainees. In this connection, the Committee carried out a follow-up visit to Trandum Aliens Holding Centre.

As regards prisons, particular attention was paid to the situation of persons subject to preventive detention (forvaring) and to juvenile prisoners. For the first time in Norway, the CPT visited a prison for women (Bredtveit Prison).

In addition, a visit was carried out to the Dikemark Regional Department of Forensic and High-Security Psychiatry.

The CPT's visit report is available on the Committee's website at

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