Strasbourg, 19.05.2009 - 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 five-day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The
visit, which began on 11 May 2009, was the CPT’s fourth visit to Bosnia and
The visit provided an opportunity to assess the progress made since the periodic visit in March/April 2007. The CPT’s delegation examined in detail various issues related to Sarajevo and Zenica Prisons, including the regime and treatment of remand prisoners, and of those prisoners placed in administrative and disciplinary isolation and in the high-security unit. The delegation also focused its attention on the situation of forensic psychiatric patients held in Zenica Prison and at Sokolac Psychiatric Hospital, and reviewed progress towards the establishment of a new forensic psychiatric unit for the whole country. A brief visit was paid to the recently opened juvenile unit in East Sarajevo Prison.
In the course of the visit, the CPT’s delegation held consultations, at State level, with Safet HALILOVIĆ, Minister of Human Rights and Refugees, and Srđjan ARNAUT, Deputy Minister of Justice, as well as with senior officials from these ministries. At Entity level, the delegation met Nedžad BRANKOVIĆ, Prime Minister, Safet OMEROVIĆ, Minister of Health, and Feliks VIDOVIĆ, Minister of Justice, from the Federation Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Republika Srpska. Discussions were also held with the State Ombudsmen, Jasminka DŽUMHUR and Ljubomir SANDIĆ, and the High Representative and European Union Special Representative, Valentin INZKO.
At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:
- Renate KICKER (Austrian), 1st Vice-President of the CPT and Head of delegation
- Wolfgang HEINZ (German)
- Olivera VULIĆ (Montenegrin).
They were supported by Hugh CHETWYND (Head of Division) of the CPT's Secretariat, and assisted by Clive MEUX, consultant forensic psychiatrist, Oxford (United Kingdom).