22.12.2004 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) recently carried out a four-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The visit began on 14 December 2004. It was the Committee's second visit to this country.
The CPT's delegation re-examined the situation in certain psychiatric establishments, which were found to display major deficiencies when the Committee first visited them in the Spring of 2003. The delegation also had a general dialogue with the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and with representatives of international organisations regarding the implementation of the CPT's recommendations.
The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:
- Renate KICKER, Head of
- Pétur HAUKSSON (Icelander).
They were supported by Bojana URUMOVA of the CPT's Secretariat, and assisted by Clive MEUX, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Oxford, United Kingdom.
In the course of the visit, the delegation met representatives of the competent Ministries of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Republika Srpska, including Marin KVATERNIK, Minister of Health of Republika Srpska, as well as officials responsible for police establishments, prisons, and psychiatric hospitals.
The delegation also met with representatives of the Office of the High Representative (OHR), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), the European Union Military Operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the World Bank, the European Union Police Mission (EUPM), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The delegation visited the following psychiatric establishments:
- Jake Institution for the
Treatment and Rehabilitation and Social Protection of chronic mental patients,
- Sokolac Psychiatric Hospital