STRASBOURG, 09.10.2000 - The Norwegian Government has requested the publication of the report of the COUNCIL OF EUROPEs Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) on the visit to Norway in September 1999 and of its response.
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Under Article 11 of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the information gathered by the Committee in relation to a visit, its report and its consultations with the State concerned are confidential. However, the State concerned may decide to lift the rule of confidentiality provided for in the Convention.
The CPT's visit to Norway was carried out from 13 to 23 September 1999, within the framework of the Committee's programme of periodic visits for 1999.
The CPT's delegation visited the following places of detention:
- Bergen Prison (Landsfengsel)
- Oslo Prison (Kretsfengsel)
Asker and BŠrum Police District
- Police Headquarters, Sandvika
Bergen Police District
- Police Headquarters
- Nesttun Police Station
- Fana District Sheriff's Office
- Laksevňg District Sheriff's Office
Oslo Police District
- Police Headquarters
- Majorstuen Police Station
- Manglerud Police Station
Romerike Police District
- Gardermoen Police Station, Oslo International Airport
Holding Centres for Aliens
- Snar°ya Aliens Holding Centre
- Gaustad Hospital, Oslo
Establishments for young persons
- BUS Observation Institution, Oslo
- ěvstun Centre, Nesttun
- Fossum Collective, Spydeberg
The CPT was set up under the 1987 European Convention for the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. All 41 member States of the Council of Europe are bound by the Convention: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
The CPT is composed of persons from a variety of backgrounds: lawyers, doctors, prison experts, persons with parliamentary experience, etc.
The Committees task is to examine the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty. For this purpose, it is entitled to visit any place where such persons are held by a public authority. It may formulate recommendations to strengthen, if necessary, their protection against torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
The CPT organises periodic visits as well as other visits which appear to it be required in the circumstances.
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The CPT's report on its visit to Norway in 1999 (50 pages) and the response of the Norwegian Government (25 pages) can be obtained from:
the CPTs Internet Site: www.cpt.coe.int
the Council of Europe Press Department:
Sabine ZIMMER/Angus MACDONALD tÚl. +33/(0)3 88 41 25 97/34 39 ; fax +33/(0)3 88 41 27 90 ; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A 5 page summary of the CPT's main findings can be faxed upon request.