Prison overcrowding is a major concern for anti-torture committee

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Overcrowding in prisons is a major problem in all but one of the nine countries that the UN Committee against Torture has been discussing in Geneva, according to its Chairperson.

The Committee is charged with monitoring implementation of the UN Convention against Torture adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1984.

It has been reviewing the situations in Mozambique, Uzbekistan, Poland, Latvia, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Portugal, Andorra and Kyrgyzstan.

Claudio Grossman, the Committee's Chairperson spoke to reporters at the conclusion of its session on Friday.

"Overcrowding in prisons is a general issue in all the countries we saw, the nine countries except Andorra, and this is a matter of serious and legitimate concern to comply with the obligations of the Convention. It's not possible that we continue with this matter of severe overcrowding in prisons." (18")

The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into force on 26 June 1987.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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