Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Albanian authorities’ response to report on 2021 visit

The Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) published today the response of the Albanian authorities to the report on the Committee’s November 2021 ad hoc visit to Albania.

The main objective of the visit was to examine the situation of male and female forensic psychiatric patients in the country.

In the visit report, the CPT acknowledged the measures taken by the Albanian authorities to temporarily transfer all men in forensic psychiatry from the Special Institution for Sick Detainees in Zaharia in Kruja to Lezha Prison. At the same time, in view of the structural deficiencies observed at both Lezha Prison and the Penitentiary Hospital, the Committee stressed the urgent need to find a permanent solution for the accommodation and treatment of forensic psychiatric patients. , men and women, by establishing a specialized institution of forensic psychiatry (as required by relevant mental health legislation).

In their response, the Albanian authorities set out the measures taken and envisaged to implement the recommendations made by the Committee in the report.

The response was made public under an automatic publication procedure put in place by the Albanian authorities.

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