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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Slovak Republic

Strasbourg, 09.04.2009 – 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 the Slovak Republic from 24 March to 2 April 2009. It was the Committee's fourth visit to the Slovak Republic.

The CPT's delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Slovak authorities in response to recommendations made by the Committee after its previous visits. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the situation of remand prisoners (including juveniles) and persons serving life-sentences. The treatment of persons apprehended by the police and the conditions of detention of foreign nationals held in immigration centres were also examined.

The delegation held consultations with Štefan Harabin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Vladimír Čečot, State Secretary for the Interior, Daniel Klačko, State Secretary for Health, Dobroslav Trnka, Prosecutor General, and María Kreslová, Director-General of the Corps of Prison and Court Guards. Discussions were also held with Pavel Kandráč, Public Defender of Rights, and members of civil society active in areas of concern to the CPT.

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

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

- Mauro PALMA, President of the CPT and Head of delegation
- Marzena KSEL
- Ilvija PŪCE

They were supported by Caterina BOLOGNESE, Marco LEIDEKKER and Francesca MONTAGNA, of the CPT's Secretariat, and assisted by two experts: Marianne KASTRUP, Psychiatrist at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Jurgen VAN POECKE, Director of Bruges Prison, Belgium.

The delegation visited the following places:

Police establishments

District Police Directorate, Bratislava V
Sub-District Police Department, Dobšina
Sub-District Police Department, Dunajská Streda
Sub-District Police Department, Galanta
Regional Police Directorate, Košice
Sub-District Police Department, Košice-south
Staré mesto Sub-District Police Department, Košice
Sub-District Police Department, Moldava nad Bodvou
District Police Directorate, Rozňava
Sub-District Police Department, Rozňava
Sub-District Police Department, Prešov-north
Sub-District Police Department, Sobrance
Sub-District Police Department, Šamorin
Regional Police Directorate, Trenčin
Regional Police Directorate, Trnava
Traffic Police Station, Trnava
Sub-District Police Department, Zvolen

Immigration detention facilities

Medved’ov immigration detention centre
Sečovce immigration detention centre
Rooms for the temporary placement of aliens at the border in Vyšné Nemecke


Bratislava Prison (Remand Section and disciplinary cells)
Ilava Prison
Košice Prison (Remand Section and the Health-care Facility’s Psychiatric Unit for the treatment of sex offenders)
Leopoldov Prison (High Security Section and Section for Life-sentenced prisoners)
Trenčin Prison Hospital

In addition, the delegation carried out a brief visit to Prešov Prison, in order to interview newly arrived remand prisoners.

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