Articles related to prevention of torture


Article from annual report 2019 – Special Report on Solitary Confinement in Norwegian Prisons

In June 2019, the Parliamentary Ombudsman submitted a Special Report to the Storting on Solitary Confinement and Lack of Human Contact in Norwegian Prisons. The report is based on findings from the National Preventive Mechanism’s (NPM) visits to 19 Norwegian prisons over the course of four years. The nature of these findings were so grave that we chose to compile them in a separate Special Report to the Storting – the most powerful instrument available to the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

Use of Restraint Beds in Norwegian Prisons

Strapping inmates into restraint beds is the most intrusive form of coercive measure at disposal in Norwegian prisons. Eighteen of the thirty-one high-security prisons in Norway have restraint beds. Being put in restraints can pose a considerable risk of both physical and psychological injury. During its visit to Norway in 2011, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) emphasised that removing restraint beds from Norwegian prisons should be a long-term goal. After its visit in 2018, the Committee further emphasised that the restraint beds should be removed from Norwegian prisons in its entirety.1