A delegation of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) visited Greece from April 4 to 16.
According to cpt.coe.int, the CPT delegation examined the treatment and conditions of detention of persons detained by law enforcement agencies. Particular attention was paid to the situation of irregular migrants detained under Aliens legislation who are held in police and border guard stations as well as immigration and coast guard detention facilities. The delegation also examined the situation in several prison establishments, including the provision of health care and the program of activities offered to inmates.
In the course of the visit, the delegation held consultations with Antonios Roupakiotis, Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, Kontantinos Karagounis, Deputy Minister of Justice, Marinos Skandamis, General Secretary of Crime Policy, Patroklos Georgiadis, General Secretary of Civil Protection and Lt-General Adamantios Stamatakis, Deputy-Chief of the Hellenic Police. The delegation also had talks with other senior officials from the Hellenic Police, the Hellenic Coast Guard, migration-related services, the prison service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The delegation also met Calliope Sanou, the Ombudsman, as well as representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Greek National Commission for Human Rights, and members of non-governmental organizations.
At the end of the visit, the delegation presented the Greek authorities with its preliminary observations.