The Council of Europe's committees and commissions act as independent monitoring bodies in a variety of thematic areas to examine its member states' implementation of the provisions set out in its conventions. For example, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) visits detention facilities in Switzerland and draws up and publishes a report on its findings. Other Council of Europe committees and commissions also produce reports on member states, for example on the protection of minorities, the fight against corruption, the fight against racism and the fight against trafficking in human beings.
Following the visits, the committees and commissions make recommendations to the member states. The implementation of the recommendations is reviewed during the next monitoring round.