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Report published on prevention of torture

19 November 2010

The Council of Europe today (19 November) published a report on how Jersey treats people in the Island who are statutorily detained.

The council is responsible for monitoring compliance with the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture, a treaty which has been extended to Jersey. As part of this process, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) regularly visits countries which are parties to the convention.

A delegation from the CPT visited Jersey between 15 and 18 March 2010. During this time, they visited police headquarters, customs and immigration custody rooms, La Moye Prison, Greenfields and Orchard House at St Saviour's Hospital. It is the first time the CPT has visited the Island.

The CPT’s report found that relationships between staff and individuals detained in these establishments are strong and that the standard of accommodation provided is high, however the report does make a number of recommendations for improvements. Jersey’s response to these recommendations is also being published today.

Chief Minister, Senator Terry Le Sueur, said “I welcome this report and am pleased that the CPT’s delegation found that they had unlimited access to all places and excellent levels of co-operation.

“We have given careful consideration to its recommendations and have responded to them in our report.”

Both reports are available on the Council of Europe website.

Reports on Council of Europe website  

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