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5.
The Committee notes with satisfaction that remand prisoners who are kept in solitary
confinement have the right to have the decision to so confine them reviewed by a court and that
they must be informed of the existence of this right.
6.
The Committee welcomes the fact that its previous conclusions and recommendations
were translated into Icelandic language and widely disseminated.
C. Subjects of concern
7.
The Committee is still concerned by the fact that Icelandic law does not contain specific
provisions ensuring that any statement which is established to have been made as a result of
torture shall not be invoked as evidence in any proceedings, as required by article 15 of the
Convention.
8.
The Committee is also concerned at the problem of inter-prisoner violence (in Litla Hraun
State Prison) which has created fear among certain categories of prisoners, leading, inter alia, to
requests to be placed voluntarily in solitary confinement.
D. Recommendations
9.
The Committee urges the State party to reconsider its previous recommendations,
namely:
(a)

The recommendation that torture be defined as a specific offence in Icelandic

law;
(b)
The recommendation that legislation concerning evidence to be adduced in
judicial proceedings be brought into line with the provisions of article 15 of the Convention
so as to exclude explicitly any evidence obtained as a result of torture.
10.

The Committee also recommends that:

(a)
Doctors who are in contact with persons subjected to any form of arrest,
detention or imprisonment be trained to recognize the sequelae of torture and in the
rehabilitation of victims of torture or maltreatment;
(b)
The State party continue to address issues of inter-prisoner violence by
actively monitoring such violence and ensuring that prison staff are trained and able to
intervene appropriately;
(c)
Information on the investigation of the cases of suicide in prison, along with
any guidelines for suicide prevention adopted in this regard, be included in Iceland’s next
periodic report.
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