The CPT visits Croatia

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) recently carried out a nine day visit to Croatia. The visit, which began on 14 March 2017, was the CPT’s fifth visit to the country.
The CPT’s delegation reviewed the measures taken by the Croatian authorities to implement recommendations made by the Committee after its 2012 visit. Particular attention was paid to the treatment and conditions of detention of persons held in prisons and in one correctional institution for juveniles, as well as the situation of and legal safeguards for patients in psychiatric institutions. The delegation also examined the conditions of detention and the application of safeguards for persons detained by law enforcement officials.

In the course of the visit, the CPT’s delegation held talks with Lidija Pelivan-Stipetić, State Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Kristijan Turkalj, State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, and Gordana Haramina-Hranilović, Deputy State Prosecutor. It also met senior officials from the Ministries of Health, Interior and Justice and the Director of the Police. Further, the delegation met Lora Vidović, Ombudsperson of the Republic of Croatia.

At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the Croatian authorities.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:

Julia Kozma, Head of delegation
Dagmar Breznoščáková
Wolfgang Heinz
Răzvan Horaţiu Radu
Olivera Vulić
Victor Zaharia

They were supported by Janet Foyle, Christian Loda and Natacha De Roeck of the CPT's Secretariat, and assisted by an expert, Pétur Hauksson, former Head of the Psychiatric Department at Reykjalundur Rehabilitation Centre (Iceland).

The delegation visited the following places of deprivation of liberty:
Police establishments

Osijek Police Station I
Split Police Station I
Split Police Station II
Velika Gorica Police Station
Vinkovci Police Station
Vrbanja Police Station
Zagreb Detention and Escort Unit (Oranice)
Zagreb Police Station II (Črnomerec)
Zagreb Police Station VI (Remetinec)
Zagreb Police Station VIII (Trnje)

Penitentiary establishments

Osijek County Prison
Split County Prison
Zagreb County Prison
Prison Hospital in Zagreb
Juvenile Correctional Facility,Turopolje

Psychiatric hospitals

Vrapče Psychiatric Hospital, Zagreb
Psychiatric Clinic of the Rebro Clinical Hospital Centre (KBC) in Zagreb
Zagreb Psychiatric Hospital for Children and Adolescents

The CPT visits Croatia