Combating ill-treatment in prison

The handbook is designed for practitioners working in prisons. It examines one particular aspect of the protection of prisoners’ human rights: the prohibition of ill-treatment in prison. It is conceived as a policy guide and a management tool for professionals and it focuses upon what this prohibition entails and the responsibilities of prison services towards those entrusted to its care. The text highlights the relevant standards of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Recommendations and of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. The handbook is a result of a multilateral meeting on combating ill-treatment in prison, held in Strasbourg in April 2015, as part of the Council of Europe co-operation activities in the penitentiary eld implemented by the Criminal Law Co-operation Unit. The text is also online at:

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