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Reports

Acting on the recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration and the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs have provided psychological support and assistance and necessary clothes and footwear for migrants who are accommodated in the Vranje Reception Center. Transparent complaints procedures have been established in the Center and the notifications about it have been displayed in several languages. Since it is not possible to provide continuous presence of the employees of the Vranje Social Work Center (SWC), social workers of civil society organizations are present in the Center and in case of need they establish direct contact with the competent SWC.

On August 1 2017, the NPM visited the Vranje Reception Center, after which it sent recommendations to the competent authorities for the elimination of the observed shortcomings and the improvement of the conditions for the stay of migrants.

On November 22, the National Preventive Mechanism team visited the Sombor Reception Center for Migrants for the third time. Although it was an unannounced visit, the Center was find in good condition and the NPM team noted that most of the works announced during the previous visit were completed, and that there is a plan to build more contents. It has also been determined that it was acted upon all recommendations that the NPM had sent to the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration before.

The visit report was submitted to the Reception Center, the Commissariat, the Center for Social Work Sombor and the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Veterans' and Social Affairs.

The Commissariat for Refugees and Migration informed the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) that, acting in accordance with the recommendation from the Report on the visit to the Bujanovac Reception Center for Migrants, a notice about the possibility of and procedure for filing complaints against the persons working in this Center was displayed inside the Center.

During the visit to the Šid Reception Center, which was conducted in December of 2016, the NPM has determined that it is necessary for the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration to take measures to prevent any inadequate treatment of migrants by the staff and recommended to Commissariat to establish an effective mechanism for complaints against their work and to display the notices about that in all migrant accommodation centers. According to the information received by the NPM from the Commissariat, the notice was previously pointed out in the Bujanovac Center, but the migrants removed it, so steps were taken to put it in such a way that it could not be easily removed.

The NPM visited the Bujanovac Reception Center in August and October this year, about which the reports were made. The second visit was conducted within the "Ombudsman Day", held on October 16 and 17 in Bujanovac and Niš.

The Vranje District Prison informed the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) that, acting on the recommendations made, it designated premises for persons held by the police, in order to separate them from detained and convicted persons, and that it will take measures to ensure that every person is provided with as many living space as is foreseen in the modern standards, until the expansion of accommodation capacities. At the same time, access to the toilet is alleviated for people with disabilities and those that have difficulties to walk, works on the adaptation of toilets are under way and completely new sleeping mattresses, produced in the Niš Penitentiary Institute, were provided. In addition, the worn-out kitchen elements were replaced, new equipment for the kitchen was purchased and freshly fruits and vegetables were added to the menu.

Persons deprived of their liberty who do not understand the Serbian language are informed about their rights and duties during their stay in the Prison in a language they understand. Acting on the recommendations, the Prison improved the provision of legal assistance during the disciplinary procedure, handling the requests of pdl’s and the documenting the use of coercive means. In treatment, group work is intensified and prisoners will be offered more training, courses and cultural and artistic activities, as well as the use of a gym. In accordance with the recommendation, the Prison equipped the room for visits of close relatives.

After the visit the NPM team, the District Prison acquired the missing equipment for the infirmary and received the Ministry of Health decision on the fulfillment of the conditions for performing health care in general medicine. Neuropsychiatrist services are also provided for persons deprived of their liberty. Correcting the identified deficiencies, special record for injuries was established and secured that the therapy for persons deprived of liberty is not distributed by non-medical staff, and that the person's medical examinations as a rule are performed only in the presence of health care workers. In addition, the keeping of records of deaths has improved, while the prison doctor submits to the warden periodical reports on the health condition of pdl’s and on the state of hygiene in the Prison, with recommendations for improvement.

The Administration for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions informed the NPM that at this moment there is no legal basis for change of the act on systematization and increasing the number of full-time employees, but that they have submitted requests for a higher number of temporary employees. At the same time, video surveillance has been improved in the Prison, measures have been taken to provide members of the Security Service with the uniforms and employees entitled to an accelerated pension plan are sent for medical controls, which they did not have for a long time.

Acting upon recommendation of the NPM, the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration stated that the notification on the complaints of migrants to the work of officials in the Receptio Center Presevo will be hoisted and displayed in a visible place. In order to improve and equalized treatment migrants in reception centers, from the beginning September 2017, and at the Reception Center in Presevo, meetings of officials and representatives of migrants are organized periodically, on which migrants are informed about their rights. Also, the issue of water supply is solved, so that all migrants have access to hot water in the Center.

NPM visited the Reception Center in Presevo in august 2017. About this visit was made report with recommendation for removing the observed shortcomings in the work and improvement of the position of migrants.