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Torture? In Europe? Looking back at 25 years of torture prevention in Europe
May 20, 2015
Barbara
Bernath

On 20 May 1990 members of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) carried out their first ever country visit, to Austria. What they found confirmed the intuition of Jean-Jacques Gautier: torture happens in secret. The Vienna police slapped, punched, kicked and struck detainees with heavy books during interrogations – and nobody knew what was going on.

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About the blog
This blog provides a platform for APT staff members and guests to share their insights, views and analysis on issues related to the prevention of torture around the world. The views expressed in the blog are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect APT’s position.We welcome your suggestions and comments to Rosita Ericsson, rericsson@apt.ch