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KSSE: Kostis Efstathiou's Resolution on torture was unanimously approved

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    ΚΣΣΕ: Εγκρθηκ ε ομoφωνα το Ψorφισμα Κωστor Ευστα&theta ;ου για βασανιστorρια

    The Resolution of MP Efstathios on allegations of systemic torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in detention facilities in Europe was unanimously approved

    The Plenary of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) unanimously approved the Resolution presented in the context of the work of the First Part of the 2024 Session, by the Member of Parliament Kostis Efstathiou, as Rapporteur of the Assembly on the subject of allegations of systemic torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in detention facilities in Europe.

    < p>According to a statement by the Parliament, in the intervention of Mr. Efstathiou, he stated that 70 years after the entry into force of the European Convention on Human Rights, torture and other forms of ill-treatment of persons deprived of their freedom still exist throughout the Council of Europe. He pointed out that the relevant decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Reports of the European Commission for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) document the existence of structural problems and distortions of a systemic nature in several member states .

    In most cases, he noted, it is necessary to take legislative and other corrective measures, appropriate training of the police force and adaptation of the operation of prisons so that the treatment of prisoners is fully consistent with the current legal framework, international obligations and the recommendations of the CPT . Equally important, he said, is the demonstration of zero tolerance, the investigation of all cases of ill-treatment and the compliance of national authorities with the relevant decisions and jurisprudence of the ECtHR.

    Finally, Mr. Efstathiou urged states- members to correct gaps and weaknesses to revise their relevant legislation and to adopt measures aimed both at preventing and suppressing practices that violate the human dignity and basic human rights of prisoners.

    The adopted The resolution includes recommendations for better compliance by member states with the CPT's recommendations and the establishment of procedures that promote accountability and transparency at all levels.

    Furthermore, during today's work of the Legal and Human Rights Committee , Mr. Efstathiou was unanimously elected as a representative to the Special Committee for the Protection of the Environment Through Criminal Law in view of the imminent drafting of the Council of Europe's Special Convention on the right to a healthy environment.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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