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Visits

The National Preventive Mechanism made the unannounced visits to the centers for the reception and the care of migrants located in the north of the country. During the two days, November 21. and 22. 2017, reception centers in Kikinda, Subotica and Sombor were visited. At the same time, the Team visited the border crossings towards Hungary Horgoš and Kelebija, in whose immediate vicinity, along the border line, there were informal camps in which migrants were waiting for their admission to the Hungarian authorities.

Staff of all visited institutions extended the Team all the informations it required, provided it with access to all premises, perusal to the documentation on request and the opportunity to interview the migrants of its choice in private.

 

On October 20. and 23, 2017, the National Preventive Mechanism team visited the Novi Sad District Prison, the Veternik Residential Facility and the Adaševci and Principovac Reception Centers for migrants. These visits were conducted within the "Ombudsman Days", which took place in Novi Sad and Šid.

Within the "Ombudsman Days", held on October 16. and 17. in Bujanovac and Niš, the National Preventive Mechanism visited the Bujanovac Reception Center for Migrants, the Niš Police Department and Prison and the Gornja Toponica Special Hospital for psychiatric disorders.

Officers of all visited institutions cooperated with the NPM and enabled it to fulfill it's mandate.

On October 3, 2017, the National Preventive Mechanism team visited the transit zone at the Airport "Nikola Tesla" Belgrade and the Shelter for foreigners in Padinska Skela, in order to monitor the implementation of the recommendations that were made after earlier visits to these places.

During the visits, the NPM conducted interviews with foreign nationals who were denied entry into the Republic of Serbia and who are placed in the room in the transit zone, until their return to the country from which they have arrived, as well as with foreigners who have been accommodated in the Shelter.

On Friday, July 21, 2017, the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), without prior notice, visited the headquarters of the Pančevo Distict Police Station and the Police Station North. The aim of this visit was to monitor the acting upon the recommendations issued by the NPM after the visit to the District Police in 2013, as well as upon the recommendations of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), set out in the Report on the visit to the Republic of Serbia from 2015.

During the visit, all present police officers have established cooperation with the NPM.