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National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) visited the establishments in city of Vršac where persons are or may be deprived of their liberty on Thursday, 15. December 2016.

Divided in several teams, NPM visited the Police Station, the Regional Border Police Centre towards Romania, the Department of the District Prison in Pančevo located in Vršac, Special Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases ''Dr Slavoljub Bakalović'' and Gerontology Center.

The visit to the Police Station, which is part of the Police Department in Pančevo, had a special purpose of monitoring of acting on the recommendations made by NPM after the visit to the Police Department in Pančevo and police stations in its structure in 2013, as well as monitoring of how police officers are treating migrants and asylum seekers. Also, the visit to the Special Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases focused on monitoring of the acting on the recommendations made by the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) to the Government of the Republic of Serbia after the visit to this institution in 2015.

Officers of the visited establishments achieved full cooperation with NPM, allowing it to freely carry out its duty. The officials provided the requested informations and allowed NPM teams access to all premises, insight into documentation and interviews with the persons, by teams choice.