On the occasion of 26 June, the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Protector of Citizens is pleased to establish that, during a series of night and unannounced visits conducted this year to places of detention, he did not receive a single complaint reporting torture, which represents a progress in comparison to previous years.
The Protector of Citizens expects the competent bodies to prevent any form of abuse. The Protector of Citizens will, in the capacity of the National Preventive Mechanism, continue with undiminished intensity his control visits to places where people are deprived of their liberty. From the beginning of 2015 to date, 54 control visits have been conducted.
Prevention of torture and uncompromised fight against any inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment are one of the key preconditions for preserving the dignity of all citizens.
In the upcoming period, special attention will be paid to the procedures for the protection of sources of information in cases of torture from any kind of reprisal resulting from contact with the Protector of Citizens.