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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits Romania

Strasbourg, 23.09.2010 – A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a periodic visit to Romania from 5 to 16 September 2010.

In the course of the visit, the CPT's delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Romanian authorities to implement the recommendations made by the Committee after previous visits, in particular in the areas of detention by law enforcement agencies and imprisonment. The delegation also examined in detail the system and procedures in place to investigate cases of alleged ill-treatment by members of the police or prison staff of persons arrested or imprisoned.

The delegation held consultations with Adrian STREINU-CERCEL, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Health, Radu Constantin RAGEA and Gabriel TĂNĂSESCU, respectively Under Secretary of State and Secretary General at the Ministry of Justice, Marian TUTILESCU, Head of Department at the Ministry of the Administration and the Interior, Dumitru PÂRVU, Deputy Inspector General of the Romanian Police, and Lăcrămioara CORCHEŞ, Director General at the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection, as well as with other senior officials of these ministries. It also held consultations with Tiberiu NIŢU, First Deputy Prosecutor General, and other members of the Public Prosecutor's Office. Further, the delegation met deputies of the People's Advocate (Romanian Ombudsman). Discussions were also held with representatives of non-governmental organisations active in areas of concern to the CPT.

In addition, the delegation had a meeting with Teodor Viorel MELEŞCANU, Vice-President of the Senate, in order to discuss the issue of the alleged existence some years ago of secret detention facilities on Romanian territory operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States of America.

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

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

-     Marc NEVE, Head of delegation (Belgian)
-     Régis BERGONZI (Monegasque)
-     Maria Rita MORGANTI (San Marinese)
-     Nadia POLNAREVA (Bulgarian)
-     Jean-Pierre RESTELLINI (Swiss)
-     Xavier RONSIN (French).

They were supported by Muriel ISELI and Isabelle SERVOZ-GALLUCCI of the CPT's Secretariat, and assisted by Daniel GLEZER, psychiatrist, former Head of the Regional Medico-Psychological Service at Baumettes Prison, Marseille (France).

The delegation visited the following places of deprivation of liberty:

Establishments under the Ministry of the Administration and the Interior

-     Central detention facility (No. 1) at Bucharest Municipal Police Headquarters, George Georgescu Street
-     Detention facility No. 3 at Bucharest Police Station Section 5, Bucurestii Noi Avenue
-     Detention facility No. 8 at Bucharest Police Station Section 13, Ciucea Street
-     Detention facility at Dolj County Police Headquarters, Craiova
-     Police Station Section 3, Bucharest
-     Police Station Section 5, Bucharest
-     Ilfov Police Station.

Establishments under the Ministry of Justice

-     Unit for Juveniles at Bucharest-Rahova Prison
-     Unit for Juveniles at Craiova Prison for Juveniles and Young Adults
-     Poarta Albă Prison, Units II and IV (for prisoners under maximum security regime, prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment or to long sentences, and vulnerable prisoners)
-     Găeşti Rehabilitation Centre
-     Poarta Albă Prison Hospital.

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