Anti-torture body recommends new prison in Greenland

22.01.2013 - 17:17

Greenlandic prisoners currently being held in Denmark should be given the opportunity to be moved back to their own country, if only prison facilities were available, a new report has said.

The report, published by the Council of Europe’s committee for the prevention of torture and inhumane and degrading treatment (CPT) has said that, while prison conditions in Greenland, an autonomous north Atlantic island under the Danish crown, are “adequate”, more facilities need to be built to accommodate the possible repatriation of Greenlandic prisoners currently being housed in Denmark.

The CPT, which has the authority to carry out inspections of detention facilities in any of the Council of Europe’s member states, visited Greenland over the period 25-27 September 2012.

The CPT report recommends that a new prison facility be built on the island (which has a population of about 56,000), which would then allow for the repatriation of Greenlandic prisoners currently being held in Denmark.

While the report was not harsh on prison conditions in the capital, Nuurk, it did recommend construction of a new facility, as well as the improvement of the facilities at the current Nurrk site,and the introduction of a comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction recovery programme be introduced.

The report also recommended improvements on the detention of psychiatric patients, and for a better communication of detainees’ right