Committee for the Prevention of Torture report considers Italy’s detention conditions for foreign nationals

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

On 19 November 2013, the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published a report concerning their visit to Italy in May 2012. The reportinter alia considers the detention conditions for foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation. The Report is broadly positive, praising the work of health care services and cultural mediators at Bologna Identification and Expulsion Centre. However, the Committee also expresses concern about the allegations by foreign nationals of physical ill-treatment and racist verbal abuse committed by police officers. Also criticised is the poor state of repair of the male unit (though this is allegedly due to vandalism by detainees). Reinforcement of safeguards against ill-treatment is recommended.

Read the CPT’s full report and press release.

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