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Practical Guide on monitoring places of detention

Publication in project: Prevention of torture: Practices, standards and regulations in Russia, Nordic and Baltic countries



It is a practical guide for monitoring places of detention to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The guide is presented in the form of general questions and answers with examples of local practices in four countries: Russia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The guide is intended to be easy to use and cover the basics.

Who is it for?

  • for NGOs, NPMs and other professionals who have a mandate or permission to visit and monitor places of detention for the prevention of torture in any country;
  • for those who would like to start monitoring places where people are deprived of their liberty, such as prisons, migrant detention centres, residential social care homes for the disabled, residential homes for the elderly, psychiatric hospitals, children’s homes and other places of detention;
  • for those who wish to better understand how the monitoring of places of detention works in general.

The guide is divided into three parts as follows:

  • the main part is presented in the form of frequently asked questions and answers about visiting and monitoring places of detention;
  • the second part (the list of practical questions) contains examples of potential questions to be posed to the administration of places of detention and persons deprived of their liberty during monitoring visits, and which a monitor can ask him/herself, as well as the types of documents he/she might want to review;
  • the final part (useful links and references) provides online links to existing manuals and toolkits in the field of monitoring of places of detention.

This guide can be downloaded in three languages:

The printed edition is multilingual, includes all three languages.