Motion for a resolution | Doc. 12921 | 26 April 2012
Promoting the human rights of prisoners in Council of Europe member States
- human rights
- international agreement
- european committee for the prevention of torture
The Parliamentary Assembly is concerned by the frequent reports in the media of many Council of Europe member States on the dramatic conditions of detainees in prisons.
The Assembly should acknowledge the urgent need to address this question by means of a comprehensive analysis and report possibly leading to recommendations to protect the rights of prisoners and foster an exchange of good practices between member States.
The latest reports of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture highlight an increase in prison overcrowding, the growing number of foreign young and very young prisoners, and a sharp increase in prisoners awaiting final sentencing and in suicide among prisoners.
The Assembly, in the light of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 5), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 7), the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (ETS No. 126), the European Convention on Human Rights (Article 3), and several resolutions adopted by the Assembly in recent years, which have not been fully implemented, should consider, as a matter of urgency, revisiting the idea of a European Prisons Charter (Doc. 10097(2004)).
The Assembly should address the issue of whether the minimum conditions are in place to ensure that the sentence becomes, in accordance with European standards, a means of personal salvation and whether prisons and alternative facilities promote the reintegration of prisoners into society.