Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee and Prisons in Austria

  • Ursula Kriebaum
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


This chapter analyses the topics on which the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has focused during its six visits to Austria. The CPT’s recommendations that relate to prison institutions as well as the Austrian government’s reactions towards the recommendations will be discussed. Furthermore, the chapter describes the creation and operation of the Human Rights Advisory Board which was competent among other subjects to deal with institutions under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior where human beings were deprived of their liberty. In the context of the Human Rights Advisory Board, six independent Commissions had been created which were modelled after the CPT and which monitored the implementation of HR standards in all of these institutions. The current system which continued this model in an adapted form under the responsibility of the Austrian Ombudsman office is also being described.


Austria CPT Governmental response to reports 


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  • Ursula Kriebaum
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  1. 1.University of ViennaViennaAustria

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