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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes reports on Portugal

Strasbourg, 19.03.2009 – At the request of the Portuguese authorities, 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 Portugal, carried out in January 2008, together with the response of the Portuguese Government.

During the 2008 visit, the CPT reviewed the measures taken by the Portuguese authorities to implement the recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty by the police. The CPT also examined in detail various issues concerning prisons, including the treatment of high security prisoners and drug-related matters. In addition, the Committee’s delegation visited two psychiatric hospitals, where it focused on the living conditions as well as the legal safeguards afforded to patients in the context of the involuntary admission procedure and of consent to treatment.

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

The CPT's visit report and the response of the Portuguese authorities are available on the Committee's website

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