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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Romania

Strasbourg, 07.10.2009 – 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 Romania from 28 September to 2 October 2009.

The main objective of the visit was to review the situation of residents and patients at Nucet Medico-Social Centre and at Oradea Hospital for Neurology and Psychiatry (Bihor county), in the light of the recommendations and comments made by the Committee concerning these two establishments in its report on the 2006 visit.

At the end of the visit, the delegation held discussions with Aurel NECHITA, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Health, and Ileana BOTEZAT ANTONESCU, Director of the National Mental Health Centre, Ministry of Health.

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

    -     Marc NEVE, Head of the delegation (Belgian),
    -     Vladimir ORTAKOV (citizen of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”).

They were supported by Muriel ISELI of the CPT Secretariat, and assisted by two experts: Timothy HARDING, former Director of the University Institute of Forensic Medicine, Geneva (Switzerland), and Gudbjorg SVEINSDOTTIR, psychiatric nurse, Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik (Iceland).

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