The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published on February 22nd, 2012 the report on its most recent visit to Germany, in November/December 2010, together with the response of the German authorities.
The CPT heard no allegations of recent ill-treatment during custody in police establishments. However, a few allegations were received from detained persons (including juveniles) that they had been subjected to excessive use of force by police officers at the time of apprehension (in particular, punches and kicks). As to the continued use of four-point Fixierung (the physical fixing to a bed or mattress) of agitated and/or violent detained persons in police establishments, the Committee has recommended that the authorities put an end to this practice. In their response, the German authorities state that the practice of Fixierung in a police context has been abolished in many of the Länder, but continues to be applied in some Länder in rare, exceptional cases.
One of the objectives of the visit was to examine in detail the conditions of detention in units for immigration detainees in prisons.The CPT was particularly concerned about the situation found at Munich-Stadelheim Prison, where immigration detainees were subjected to severe restrictions regarding visits and access to the telephone. In their response, the German authorities state that immigration detainees in Munich-Stadelheim Prison have now been granted more frequent access to the telephone and at least one visit of one hour per week. They further informed the Committee that renovation work has been carried out in the unit for male immigration detainees. The CPT received several allegations of inter-prisoner violence (beatings, threats and extortion), mainly from juveniles at Cologne, Herford and Leipzig Prisons ...Zum vollständigen Artikel