The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Therapy or Punishment (CPT) has highlighted a spread of persistent issues, together with long-standing overcrowding and employees shortages, in Belgian prisons. Its newest report on Belgium follows an ad-hoc go to to prisons in Antwerp, Lantin, St-Gilles and Ypres in November 2021. The go to adopted the publication of the CPT’s newest periodic report on Belgium in spring 2017 and a public assertion in July of the identical 12 months.
In the course of the go to, the CPT delegation acquired no allegations regarding bodily ill-treatment of detainees by jail employees. Nevertheless, violence between prisoners was a recurring drawback within the institutions visited. In line with the report, this was clearly linked to overcrowding, an absence of personnel and the inadequate presence of employees. The committee urged the Belgian authorities to take resolute steps to sort out inter-prisoner violence in these prisons and, if mandatory, in different institutions throughout the nation. As well as, extra needs to be performed to make sure that skilled and motivated employees can proactively stop such violence. The entire prisons visited by the CPT suffered from overcrowding, which the report described as a significant and long-standing drawback throughout the Belgian penitentiary system. The CPT once more known as on the authorities to scale back the jail inhabitants and sort out overcrowding, in step with Council of Europe suggestions.
The report, which has been revealed along with the response of the Belgian authorities, additionally makes a lot of feedback and proposals regarding monitoring visits, disciplinary procedures, complaints and alternatives for inmates to keep up contact with the surface world.
Anti-torture committee highlights persevering with overcrowding and employees shortages in Belgium’s prisons
The CPT and Belgium