The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture has said that Portugal is one of the European countries with the highest rates of police violence.

According to newspaper Público, lawyer Julia Kozma, who heads the Committee said Portugal was towards the top of the list of Western European countries with the greatest number of cases involving police brutality. The Committee, which visited Portugal in 2016, said Portuguese and foreigners of African descent are at greatest risk of being discriminated against by police while being arrested or held in custody.

In a report on Portugal published at the end of last February, the Council of Europe’s anti-torture committee urges the Portuguese authorities to take determined action to prevent police ill-treatment and to provide prisoners with safe and decent living conditions.