Belgium: New report highlights “intolerable” detention conditions during prison strike

In its report today, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) publishes its findings from a May 2016 visit to Huy, Ittre and Jamioulx prisons, as well as in the social defence establishment (EDS) in Paifve.

Hungary: Anti-torture committee critical of treatment and conditions of migrants and refugees

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) established that the majority of detained foreign nationals interviewed stated that they had been treated correctly by police and prison officers or armed guards. But its report also reveals that a “considerable number” of foreign nationals complained of ill treatment by police and discovered wanting conditions in some detention centres.

Anti-torture report on Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina has failed to comply with “the bulk” of recommendations designed to improve the treatment of detained people, states a new report from the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT).

Switzerland: Anti-torture report warns against life imprisonment and Geneva drug task force police brutality

An expert anti-torture report on Switzerland expresses “serious reservations” about the continued use of life imprisonment and raises allegations of police brutality linked to the Geneva canton drug task force.

Report: Belgium must tackle prison staff strikes and “chronic” over-crowding

In a report published today, the Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee (CPT) calls on Belgium to solve its chronic problem of prison overcrowding. The CPT also wants the national authorities to take measures to ensure that strikes of prison staff …