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 …

Skopje authorities warned over worsening prison conditions

Prison and detention conditions in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,” have worsened over the past five years, according to anti-torture experts.

Albania: Poor detention conditions and prison healthcare revealed in new anti-torture report

The Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) report also warns against the situation of forensic psychiatric patients and legal safeguards for involuntary hospitalisation.

Greece: Anti-torture unit issues warnings over prison conditions and excessive police force

Today’s Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) report, also expresses concern at persistent over-crowding in the country’s jails, inadequate healthcare, inter prisoner violence and unsatisfactory care for juvenile prisoners.