Call for Submissions: The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)
The Committee for the Prevention of Torture is visiting the UK in 2012 to examine the treatment of people deprived of their liberty, including in immigration detention. The Committee has invited anyone with information about deprivation of liberty to make submissions. They have not published a date for their visit, but we understand that it is not imminent and that submissions can still be made now.
The Committee is a Council of Europe body, set up under the 1989 European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. It visits each member state every four years, and has unlimited access to places of detention. Its reports are confidential, but states usually agree to publish them.
The press release announcing the visit is at http://www.cpt.coe.int/en/visits/2011-12-07-eng.htm
Their last report on the UK, from 2008, is thin on detention, suggesting that they were insufficiently briefed. They focused on conditions of detention, and were generally satisfied. They expressed particular concern about long-term detention, as well as care for mentally disordered people. The report is at http://www.cpt.coe.int/documents/gbr/2009-30-inf-eng.htm
Submissions can be sent to: Trevor Stevens, Executive Secretary, European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Council of Europe F – 67075 Strasbourg, Cedex France
(Thanks to Detention Action for information)
(Submissions can also be emailed to Hugh.CHETWYND(at)coe.int)
Additionally, if your organisation is thinking about making a submission, here is a briefing document, CPT visit briefing for the Detention Forum July 2012 which summarises the CPT’s last visit to the UK, the UK Government’s response and potential issues of interest to the CPT.