As long as one person deprived of liberty is the victim of abuse in Serbia, the country must continue to work on the prevention of torture in prisons and social welfare institutions, said the Deputy Ombudsman for the rights of persons deprived of their liberty and coordinator of the NPM Milos Jankovic in the Media center. He said that the team of the NPM last year was in several unannounced visits to prisons in Serbia, where they entered the prison areas that are under the special regime of security and talked with about 200 prisoners and none of them said that he was beaten. We cannot say that torture does not exist in Serbia, but it is encouraging that out of 200 interviewed said that no one was beaten. If we compare with previous data, when the convicts and detainees complained that they were beaten, this is a major shift, said Jankovic.
On today's celebration of ten years from the entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) he said that this protocol provides for the establishment of a system of regular visits of independent international and national bodies to places where persons are deprived of their liberty.
Acting on the recommendations of the NPM, the Correctional Intsistuon in Niš the improved in accordance with the standards the material conditions of the facilities for detention up to 48 hours, in the Department of detention in Pirot. Detainees will be allowed to spend time in the fresh air and to take shower, while the necessary hygienic products will be provided by the Ministry of Interior.
Pirot Police Department informed the NPM that the persons detained under the Code of Criminal Procedure will be he handed a written notice of the rights specified in Code as well as in Section 4. of the Guidelines on the treatment of the brought and detained pesrons.
Ombudsman in the framework of NPM, in July 2016, visited Pirot Police Department, in order to monitor the implementation of the recommendations addressed after the visit in 2015. On that occasion NPM visited detention facilities for up to 48 hours, in the Department of detention in Pirot - Correctional Institution in Nis.
NPM visited the Police Department Novi Pazar and asylum centers in Sjenica and Tutin, on 01 and 02 September 2016, in order to monitor the implementation of the recommendations addressed in 2014, as well as to monitor the competent authorities tretment towards migrants / asylum seekers.
Tim NPM on 25 August 2016 visited the Institution for adults and elderly "Gvozden Jovančićević" in Veliki Popovac, in order to determine the treatment of beneficarians and the conditions in which they reside. In addition to representatives of the Ombudsman, members of the team for the visit were representatives of the Initiative for the rights of people with mental disabilities (MDRI) and the expert - a specialist in forensic medicine.