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Committee praises anti-torture committee’s ‘outstanding’ work, outlines next steps

PACE’s Legal Affairs Committee has congratulated the CPT – the Council of Europe’s expert anti-torture committee – on its “outstanding work” in the last 25 years, which has led to significant improvements in places of detention in member states, but believes more can be done to improve its efficiency, authority and impact.

Selection procedures for members of the committee have improved, the parliamentarians pointed out in a draft resolution based on a report by Jordi Xuclà (Spain, ALDE), while some governments have been willing to automatically make public the CPT’s reports into their prisons, another “positive evolution”.

Nevertheless, the committee makes a number of practical proposals for further improving the selection procedures for members of the CPT and to further increase awareness of CPT activities and standards.