Protecting Prisoners: The Standards of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Context


Prisoners are a uniquely vulnerable social group and protecting them from oppressive states has given rise to a complex web of standards generated by a variety of international mechanisms and processes. Protecting Prisoners examines the most detailed and far-reaching set of custodial standards yet devised--those of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT)---and relates them to those of other European and United Nations bodies. The book also examines the reaction of selected Council of Europe member states---Belgium, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Turkey, and the United Kingdom---to the application of those standards in CPT reports. This dual perspective provides a critical insight into the degree to which the development of international human rights law is having a practical impact on the situation of prisoners.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Rod Morgan
  • Malcolm D. Evans
  • Wolfgang Peukert
  • Walter Suntinger
  • Eric Prokosch
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Oxford
Publication year:
  • 1999


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