Committe against torture asks Sweden to limit solitary confinement

The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) has recommended that Sweden uses solitary confinement only as an exceptional measure and not at all for minors.

The Commitee today published its findings on Sweden and five other countries after a review during its latest session.

The findings contain positive aspects of each country’s implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as well as the Committee’s main concerns and recommendations.

Some of the key highlights on Sweden include:

With regard to the detention restrictions imposed by Sweden, including solitary confinement, the Committee recommended that restrictions on remand prisoners be used only as an exceptional measure on specific personal grounds and only when strictly necessary for the purposes of criminal investigation or order and security. It also called on the State party to abolish solitary confinement for minors.

The Committee also requested Sweden to guarantee that all foreign nationals at risk of deportation, including those from “safe countries of origin”, have access to fair procedures, and to ensure that all credibility assessments are undertaken in a non-arbitrary way by trained professionals.

The above Concluding Observations of the Committee are now available online on the session webpage.