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Council of Europe news

June 25, 2005.

    *** Strasbourg, 24.06.2005 - To mark the International Day in support of
    Victims of Torture on Sunday 26 June 2005, the Council of Europe has
    released video pictures that show what can happen to detainees. They are
    based on the field experience of the organisation’s Committee for the
    Prevention of Torture (CPT). Through the CPT, which has the right to visit
    any detention site without prior warning, the 46-nation Council of Europe
    works for better treatment of detainees in prisons, police stations and
    other places of detention.
    
    The video contains a series of reconstructions, using actors and
    actresses, including:
    * Police arresting a suspect in the street
    * Police officers forcibly removing a deportee from his cell to an aircraft
    * Prison officers transferring a prisoner to a disciplinary cell
    * Health care staff restraining an agitated psychiatric patient
    
    Another reconstruction ґ the first of its kind - shows a typical CPT
    inspection to a prison (for reasons of confidentiality, cameras are never
    allowed to film a real CPT visit).
    
    * * *
    
    * The videokit, primarily aimed at TV journalists, has been produced by
    the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Communication (DC). The pictures do
    not represent any particular country, but are typical of the kinds of
    situations that the CPT may observe in Europe. Detailed content
    descriptions and downloadable extracts from the video are available at
    http://www.cpt.coe.int/en/press.htm.
    * Broadcast standard pictures are available from the European Broadcasting
    Union in Geneva www.eurovision.net or by unilateral transmission from the
    Council of Europe (see contact details below).
    * For technical questions, contact Alun Drake, tel. + 33 3 88 41 25 64,
    alun.drake@coe.int
    * For general information on the CPT, contact Patrick MЭller, tel. + 33 3
    88 41 39 39, cptdoc@coe.int
    
    ________________________________________
    Patrick MЭller
    Documentary research, information strategies and media contacts
    Council of Europe: Secretariat of the CPT (European Committee for the
    Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment)
    
    Recherches documentaires, stratИgies d’information et contacts avec les mИdias
    Conseil de l'Europe: SecrИtariat du CPT (ComitИ europИen pour la
    prИvention de la torture et des peines ou traitements inhumains ou
    dИgradants)
    
    F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, FRANCE
    Tel: Int. +33 3 88 41 23 88, France: 03 88 41 23 88
    Fax: Int. +33 3 88 41 27 72, France: 03 88 41 27 72
    Internet: http://www.cpt.coe.int/
    E-mail: patrick.muller@coe.int
    
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