STRASBOURG, 10.12.98 - Within the framework of its programme of periodic visits, the European Committee for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (CPT) envisages organising visits to the following countries during 1999:
Visits to other countries may be organised in 1999 if circumstances so require.
The CPT was set up under the 1987 European Convention for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. All 40 member States of the Council of Europe are bound by the Convention: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania (as from 1 March 1999), Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
The CPT is composed of persons from a variety of backgrounds: lawyers, medical doctors, prison experts, persons with parliamentary experience, etc. The Committee's task is to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty. For this purpose, it is entitled to visit any place where such persons are held by a public authority. The Committee may formulate recommendations to strengthen, if necessary, their protection against torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Further information may be obtained from:
the CPTs Internet Site: www.cpt.coe.int
the Council of Europe Press Department:
Sabine ZIMMER, tel. +33/(0)220.127.116.11.97; fax +33/(0)18.104.22.168.90; e-mail email@example.com
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