Belgium: Anti-torture unit issues prisoner warning over lack of minimum service levels during industrial action

A failure to provide minimum service levels during industrial action by Belgium’s prison staff, may lead to a large number of inmates suffering inhuman or degrading treatment, according to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).

United Kingdom: Anti-torture experts sound alarm over spiralling prison violence

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) expresses deep concern about “severe generalised violence” in a number of United Kingdom prisons and says that none of the jails visited by its delegation last year could be considered safe for prisoners or staff.

New report highlights Europe’s falling prison population

Jail overcrowding remains a problem for 15 European governments, despite falling prison populations. The number of people held in European prisons decreased by 6.8% from 2014 to 2015, according to the latest Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics (SPACE), published …

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.

Greece: Court awards €132,000 to HIV-positive inmates after prison hospital human rights breaches

The case concerned the conditions of detention of HIV-positive persons in the psychiatric wing of Korydallos Prison Hospital.