Strasbourg, 07.12.2005 - In 2006, as part of its programme of regular "periodic" visits, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) intends to examine the treatment of people deprived of their liberty in the following ten countries:
Other visits that appear to the CPT to be required in the circumstances will also be organised during the year.
The CPT's field of operations encompasses all 46 member States of the Council of Europe.
The Committee has the right to visit, at any time, any place where persons are deprived of their liberty by a public authority. It also has the right to interview in private detained persons, and to enter into contact with anyone else who may be able to provide relevant information. After each visit, the CPT sends a confidential report containing its conclusions and recommendations to the State concerned. This constitutes the basis for a dialogue between the CPT and the national authorities in order to strengthen the protection of detained persons from ill-treatment.