Germany was blocked for psychiatric care of detainees

Germany was blocked for psychiatric care of detainees
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The anti-torture body of the Council of Europe expressed concern on Wednesday 14 September in a report on prisons in Germany about the lack of psychiatric treatment in some institutions and the use of too long isolation of detainees.

In this document, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), the torture prevention body of the Council of Europe, expresses its “serious concerns about the psychiatric care of prisonersin the prisons of Bayreuth (south) and Gelsenkirchen (west).

These two institutions house inmates with severe mental disorders, but the presence of psychiatrists during the visit of the delegation was “clearly insufficient“, Notes the committee in its report, adding that the management of the two plants had”great difficulty in transferring inmates with acute mental disorders to an appropriate therapeutic setting“. The CPT also judges”particularly concerning“the fact that several detainees were placed in solitary confinement”for long periods in areas of maximum securityof the prisons of Celle and Lubeck (north) from which he sufferedsevere and persistent mental disorders and could not be adequately treated in prison“.

The Committee recommends that the regional states of Bavaria, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein “review the current arrangements for the hospitalization of inmates with severe mental disorders to ensure“their care”in an appropriate therapeutic setting“. The CPT delegation also visited two forensic psychiatry centers, in Hamburg and Uchtspringe (north), where they noted a fairly frequent use of isolation,”sometimes for several weeks or even months“.

Among the other problems noted by the CPT: the “mechanical constraintduring police custody, clearly still in use in several German federal states, or even minors who can still be questioned in the absence of a lawyer or trusted person. On the positive side, the CPT claims to have received “no allegations of deliberate physical abuse by police officers“. In prisons, violence between inmates or by guards”they weren’t even a big deal.“.

Among its main missions, the CPT visits the places of deprivation of liberty in the member states of the Council of Europe, a human rights supervisory body on the European continent based in Strasbourg, in order to assess the way in which detainees are tried or inmates.

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