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European anti-torture watchdog elects its new Bureau

Strasbourg, 07.03.2013 - The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) elected this week its new Bureau.

Lətif Hüseynov from Azerbaijan has been re-elected as the CPT’s President. Mr Hüseynov is Professor of Public International Law at Baku State University.

Marzena Ksel from Poland has been elected as the CPT's 1st Vice-President. She is a medical doctor and former Head of the Health-Care Department in the Polish Prison Service.

Mykola Gnatovskyy from Ukraine has been elected as the CPT's 2nd Vice-President. He is Associate Professor of International Law at Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv.

These three members of the CPT constitute the Committee's Bureau.

The CPT has unlimited access to all places of detention (including prisons and juvenile detention centres, police stations, holding centres for immigration detainees and psychiatric hospitals) in the 47 member States of the Council of Europe, to examine how persons deprived of their liberty are treated.

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