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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits prison on the island of Imralı (Turkey)

Strasbourg, 23.01.2013 – A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) recently carried out a two-day visit (16 and 17 January 2013) to the F-type High-Security Closed Prison on the island of Imralı in Turkey.

The purpose of the visit was to examine the conditions under which Abdullah Öcalan and the five other inmates were being held in the establishment. The delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Turkish authorities in the light of the recommendations made by the CPT after its previous visit to the prison (in January 2010), in particular as regards communal activities offered to the prisoners and the application in practice of the prisoners’ right to receive visits from relatives and lawyers.

The visit was carried out by Jean-Pierre Restellini, Acting 2nd Vice-President and member of the CPT in respect of Switzerland (Head of Delegation), Andrés Magnússon, member of the CPT in respect of Iceland, and Michael Neurauter, Head of Division in the CPT’s Secretariat.

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