New anti-torture report on Spain

Anti-torture experts want Spain to put an end to its “incommunicado detention regime,” to protect criminal suspects from the “intrinsic potential for ill-treatment.”

Spanish authorities claim the measure is needed “in the context of the fight against terrorism.”

In a report published today, the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) acknowledges a number of positive developments in police detention and prisons.

The committee remains “highly critical” of the continued resort to the measure of mechanical fixation of persons held in prisons and in centres for juvenile offenders.

The report states: “As regards the incommunicado detention regime, the CPT acknowledges that its scope has been limited by legislative amendments in 2015 and notes positively that incommunicado detention was not ordered in 2015 or 2016.

“However, the Committee considers that given the intrinsic potential for ill-treatment of criminal suspects under such a regime, it should be removed altogether from the statute book.”


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