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Protection of Persons Restricted in their Freedom

Performing Systematic Visits

With respect to meeting requirements imposed on so-called national preventive mechanisms by the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Defender performs regular systematic visits with a strong preventive focus. The evaluation of the conditions found is based on legislation in force, international treaties and standards of treatment.

After each visit, the Defender prepares a report on his findings with recommendations for the adoption of certain remedial measures and gradually tries to make the management of the facility and the promoter of the facility take action leading to the improvement of conditions. During subsequent follow-up visits to facilities it is checked how successfully the Defender’s recommendations are put into practice.  

The Defender’s work in the area of protection of persons restricted in their freedom should result in the prevention of ill-treatment and the formulation and assertion of certain standards of treatment of persons, which should be followed by the specific types of facilities.

What is ill-treatment?
Planning and course of a systematic visit
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