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Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                              

Republic of Slovenia

Slovenia, which on 1 January 2007 became the first 2004 European Union entrant to adopt the euro, is a model of economic success and stability for the region. With the highest per capita GDP in Central Europe, Slovenia has excellent infrastructure, a well-educated work force, and a strategic location between the Balkans and Western Europe.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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Republic of Slovenia before the UN Committee against Torture

Amnesty International AI

[accessed 9 Feb 2014]

[accessed 2 August 2017]

SUMMARY OF THE SUBJECTS OF CONCERN TO THE COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE - The full text of the unedited version of the Committee’s Conclusions and Recommendations is attached to this report. The Committee against Torture welcomed the self-critical tone of the Slovenian Government Report, which incorporated many of the findings of the Slovenian Ombudsman for human rights, who had similarly expressed concern about allegations of ill-treatment and the failure of the authorities to hold those responsible to account. The Committee similarly welcomed several proposed changes in legislation and regulations, envisaging to bring existing law and practice in line with the principles of the Convention against Torture.

However, the Committee noted that the Slovenian Criminal Code still did not contain torture as a specific criminal offence, as the present reference to torture did not adequately convey the definition of torture under the Convention against Torture. In addition torture is currently subjected the crime to a statute of limitation.

The Committee also expressed concern that there was no independent system to investigate complaints and reports of ill-treatment and that police officers allegedly continued to resort to excessive use of force, many of which concern ethnic minorities. In this regard the Committee also regretted that the State Party had not provided any statistics on the scope of this problem.

With regards to the prevention of torture and ill-treatment the Committee was concerned about the lack of adequate legal guarantees allowing persons in custody right to have access to a doctor of their choice immediately. In this context the lack of a code of conduct for police investigations, to complement the provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Police Act, was also identified as a problem.

Conclusions and recommendations of the Committee against Torture

U.N. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment  -- Doc. CAT/C/SVN/CO/3 (2011)

[accessed 6 March 2013]

Fundamental legal safeguards

8. While noting that under article 148 of the Criminal Procedure Act there is a possibility for audio and video-recording of interrogations, the Committee is concerned that the audio and video-recording generally does not take place as there is no requirement therefor in law1 (art. 2).

The Committee recommends that the State party establishes the legal requirement for the audio and video recording of all interrogations of detainees throughout the country as a further means to prevent torture and ill-treatment.

9. While noting that the State party introduced a computerized system for registration of all information related to detention by the police, the Committee is concerned that not all information is entered in the system, as certain information – such as the time of arrival at the police station and the time of placement in a cell – is missing2 (art. 2).

The Committee recommends that the computerized system for registration of detainees be expanded in order to include all relevant information on the custody of the detained person in order to establish a precise monitoring system of the whole detention period.

Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 12 February 2013]

TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT – The law prohibits such practices; however, police occasionally used excessive force such as kicks, punches, and shoves during arrest.

Freedom House Country Report - Political Rights: 1   Civil Liberties: 1   Status: Free

2009 Edition

[accessed 12 February 2013]

According to the EU, the Slovenian judiciary enjoys a high degree of independence. The constitution guarantees citizens due process, equality before the law, and a presumption of innocence. However, the system faces a growing backlog of cases, with some criminal cases taking two to five years to complete. There are an excessive number of inexperienced judges and political infighting over the appointment of judges. Prison conditions are in line with international standards, although overcrowding has been reported.

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