Strasbourg, 25.11.2008 - In 2009, as part of its programme of “periodic” visits, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) intends to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in the following ten countries:
The date of the previous periodic visit to each country is indicated in the brackets.
Persons in possession of information concerning deprivation of liberty in any of these countries which they believe could assist the CPT are invited to bring it to the Committee’s attention.
Other “ad hoc” visits that appear to the CPT to be required in the circumstances will also be organised during 2009.
The CPT's field of operations covers all 47 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.