European Committee for the Prevention of Torture

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture works to combat torture and other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in the EU Member States.

The European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment was adopted in 1987. In accordance with the Convention, a special committee was established to combat torture and other inhuman treatment.

The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) is comprised of independent experts who visit Member States on a periodic basis to assess how persons deprived of their liberty are treated.

Detention centres, prisons and compulsory care
The Committee is able to visit various places of detention, including police custody, correctional institutions, detention centres, medical institutions with forensic mental care and compulsory mental care, and special homes for young people committed into care.

Following its visit, the Committee can make recommendations to the State regarding improvements it can make to fulfil its commitments under the Convention.

The Committee’s visits to Sweden
The Committee last visited Sweden in 2009. Previous visits took place in 1994, 1998 and 2003.

While visiting, the Committee met with representatives of the Government and various government agencies. Following each visit, the Committee submitted a report to the Government with its findings and recommendations.

It is the Government’s practice to make the Committee’s reports available to the public.