The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has recently recommended that Norway increase its efforts to improve the conditions for women in prison. Several of the conditions mentioned were pointed out by the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s thematic report on women in prison from 2016.
The Klokkergården Collective in Hedmark, which treats young people with substance abuse and behavioural problems, uses disturbing methods, according to a report from the Parliamentary Ombudsman following a visit to the institution in June this year. ‘The pressure put on young people through the collective’s use of involuntary motivational trips is a cause for concern,’ says Parliamentary Ombudsman Aage Thor Falkanger.
During a visit to the emergency psychiatric unit at Akershus University Hospital in May 2017, the Parliamentary Ombudsman found several examples of poor and incorrect documentation in administrative decisions relating to the use of force. This can make it difficult to understand why force was used and can affect the patients’ due process protection.
The visit report is available here…
The complete Alta Youth Centre visit report …
Thursday 24 August 2017 representatives from the Nordic ombudsmen that work on torture prevention were gathered in Oslo.
Read the report’s summary and recommendations in English here.
Read the report in Norwegian here: Besøksrapport 2017 Ullersmo fengsel.
After a visit to Ila Detention and Security Prison, the Parliamentary Ombudsman takes a very serious view of the fact that persons with mental disorders are isolated for prolonged periods.
‘We found money we didn’t really have and it was worth every penny,' says Prison Governor Nils Leyell Finstad about Bredtveit Prison’s main exercise yard. Following the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s recommendation to improve the conditions in the exercise yard, the inmates have taken part in planning and creating a garden that blooms from spring until late autumn – and they have received certificates of competence from the landscape gardening firm.