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Reports

The District Prison in Krusevac, following the recommendations of the NPM, took measures to move the prison to another location. In order to fill vacancies and new employment, the Administration for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions requested approval from the Commission for New Employment and additional work engagement with the beneficiary of public funds.

The Prison informed the NPM that the space, which was used for the execution of the disciplinary measure, will no longer be used. Also, binding will be applied on the basis of an individual assessment in each individual case when conducting a person deprived of liberty classified into an open and semi-open department. For the purpose of additional occupation of the free time of the convicted persons, the Prison started negotiations with the Krusevac Theater in order to organize and performances for persons deprived of their liberty, and measures were taken in order to organize sports-recreational activities in cooperation with the Educational Correctional Home. The Prison also provided a receipt for requests for confidential conversation with the warden, as well as telephone calls in one more term, as well as the first telephone call upon receipt.

The Commissariat for Refugees and Migration informed NPM that the additional security measures will be taken at the Center for Asylum in Krnjaca, based on the NPM recommendation and that from 1 May 2018 the number of persons in security will be increased. Furthermore, the Police Directorate of the city of Belgrade informed NPM that there are insufficient capacities to ensure the permanent presence of uniformed police officers in the Center.

NPM visited the Center for Asylum in Krnjaca on December 18, 2017 and submitted the Report on the visit with the recommendation to the Center, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Police Administration for the City of Belgrade.

The Institute for Accommodation of Adults „Male Pčelice“ informed the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) that, acting on the recommendations, and in order to avoid unnecessary fixations, it put the protective fences on the beds of residents who are at risk of falling and that they are working on harmonizing the fixation method with applicable regulations and standards. The Institute's reply also states that, since the visit of the NPM, the number of fixed residents has been reduced and that the centres for social work have been informed about the need for relocating users who are frequently fixed, but that the answers were that the accommodation in this Institution is the most adequate.

In addition, the NPM was informed that the Institute will act on the recommendation to require an autopsy, as a rule, in cases of the resident’s death, as well as that the Institute will continue to invest in the furnishing of rooms intended for residents.

The NPM visited the „Male Pčelice“ Institute on December 8, 2017 and delivered to the Institute the Report on the visit with recommendations.

Informations that premises of the Kikinda Reception Center for migrants are under video surveillance are posted and the complete medical documentation of migrants has been transferred to the infirmary and will be available only to medical personnel, Commissariat for Refugees and Migration stated in the notice about the acting upon the recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM). The Commissariat, in agreement with the Ministry of Health, estimated that the current engagement of medical personnel - 3 hours during working days - is adequate to the needs of migrants and secured the funds for solving the problem with wastewater, so the planned activities will be carried out after the transfer of ownership over the land.

Two field social workers were hired for migrants' protection, they are in the Reception Center several times a week and are also available twenty-four hours a day. The Kikinda Center for Social Work informed the NPM that individual interviews were conducted with all unaccompanied minors and that the initial assessments were made, on the basis of which some of the minors were placed under the direct care of the Center. They also sent requests to social welfare institutions for more adequate accommodation for minors, but there are not vacant seats in these institutions. The Center for Social Work sent to the NPM a detailed report on the undertaken measures in cases of reported domestic violence and in order to provide protection to victims of violence and other vulnerable categories of migrants, as well as on the other field worker activities in the Reception Center. The report also shows that the Center for Social Work has established regular communication with the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration and other state authorities and that field workers had trainings on work with the migrant population. It was also emphasized that the Center for Social Work has asked for six new employees on several occasions, since the lack of staff is a major problem for fulfillment of all foreseen duties.

The NPM visited the Kikinda Reception Center on November 21, 2017 in order to monitor the acting upon the earlier sent recommendations. NPM made the Report on this visit, with recommendations for further improvement.

During its visit to the Belgrade District Prison, the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) established that the Prison continued to renovate the accommodation capacities in accordance with the announced dynamics. It renovated blocks for the accommodation of convicts from closed and semi-closed wards, as well as of female detainees. Of the 12 blocks, 7 were reconstructed and the adaptations of the remaining are planned by the end of 2020. The NPM particularly commends the fact that there are joint living rooms in the renovated detention blocks. Also, as a good practice, the Prison established the detainees reception unit, where, after their reception, the multidisciplinary assessment of the risks, conditions, characteristics, preferences and needs of detainees is done.

Аcting on the recommendations of the NPM, the District Prison will, with the assistance of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), ensure that house rules are translated into the languages of the countries from the Middle East, bearing in mind the structure of the persons deprived of liberty in this institution. In addition, the Prison will communicate with the authorities in order to obtain the reports on the cause of death of the persons.

Given that the NPM identified the shortage of members of the Security Service, the Administration for Enforcement of Penal Sanctions informed the NPM that two vacant posts in this Service will be filled and that it had requested approval for hiring more officers.

In the meantime, following the recommendation of the NPM, the Inspector of the Ministry of Health during February 2018 conducted the monitoring of the work of the prison health service.

The NPM visited the Belgrade District Prison on December 20, 2017, in order to monitor the acting upon previously referred recommendations by the NPM and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT). The Report on the visit was made, in which NPM directed new recommendations to further improve the treatment of persons deprived of liberty in this institution.