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Reports

The Novi Pazar Police Directorate has renovated the toilet that is used by police officers and citizens at the headquarters of this Police Directorate, for which the National Preventive Mechanism, during it's visit to the PD, found it to be in extremely poor condition.

The NPM is convinced that providing adequate working conditions of police and other law enforcement officers is one of the important preconditions for their proper treatment of persons deprived of their liberty and other citizens and that officers who feel appreciated and respected at work will more likely apply these values ​​to the treatment of citizens. Therefore, when visiting the places of detention, the NPM monitors the working conditions of the officers who treat persons deprived of their liberty and makes recommendations for creating conditions that will enable them to carry out their duties correctly.

The NPM visited the Novi Pazar PD on March 16, 2017.

Acting on the recommendation of the National Preventive Mechanism sent out after the visit to the Krnjača Asylum Centre, the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration instructed all centres for asylum and reception-transit centres to start keeping specific records on extraordinary events, starting from September 1, 2017.

Also, the Commissariat informed the NPM that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in cooperation with the competent state authorities, is preparing the Standard operating procedures of the Republic of Serbia for the prevention and protection of refugees and migrants from gender-based violence, which are expected to improve the prevention and response system on the appearance of gender-based violence.

The NPM visited the Krnjača Asylum Centre on June 9, 2017.

Acting upon the recommendations of the NPM, the Gerontology Center in Vrsac has established records of the deceased persons and Injury Protocol. In order to provide the necessary number of staff at the Gerontology Center, the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs takes necessary measures by addressing the Commission for approval for new employment, as well as for additional employment for filling vacancies in the Center. Also, the Expert Group of the Ministry in order to improve the regulations in the part regulating consent to the medical measure of persons under guardianship, is working on the amendments to the Family Law.

NPM visited Gerontological Center in Vrsac in December 2016 in order to monitor the treatment of competent authorities towards users of social care services located in old people's homes. After the visit to the competent authorities, recommendations for the elimination of identified deficiencies were made.

Acting upon the recommendations of the NPM, Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and the Provincial Secretariat for Social Policy, Demography and Gender Equality in accordance with the Deinstitutionalization Strategy 2018-2022, will take part in development of Transformation Plan of the Otthon, and will be take measures in order to ensure use of the Serbian language in the Otthon. In order to implement recommendations of the NPM, Decision on banning the engagement of beneficiaries in assistance in the conduct of non-residential activities in the Home was made, and the Provincial Secretariat will issue an order to the director of home in order to stop the practice of long-term isolation of individual users in the Chamber.

In order to ensure the necessary number of staff in Chamber, competent Ministry contacted the Commission for approval for new employment, but also for additional employment for filling vacancies in the Otthon. In order to improve the regulations in the part regulating consent to the medical measure of persons under guardianship, the Expert Group of the Ministry is working on the amendments to the Family Law. In addition, the competent Ministry and Provincial Secretariat in the future will plan to finance the investment funds in order to improve the accommodation conditions of the beneficiaries in the Chamber.

NPM visited the Home for persons with mental disabilities "Otthon" Stara Moravica in October 2016 in order to monitor the treatment of competent authorities towards persons with intellectual and mental disabilities located in special welfare institution stationary type. After the visit to the competent authorities, recommendations for the elimination of identified deficiencies were made. 

Acting upon the recommendations of the NPM, the Novi Pazar District Prison separated persons in police detention and misdemeanor offenders from other categories of persons deprived of their liberty. In the disciplinary procedure, the noticification on the right to legal assistance to convicted persons is supplemented with information about the officer who can provide them such assistance, and the persons serving disciplinary measure of solitary confinement are controlled daily by a medical doctor. Special record on the injuries of persons deprived of their libertyhave been introduced and secured that only medical personnel have access to medical documentation, as well as that non-medical staff are not present during medical examinations. Also, the Prison arranged with the Public Prosecutor and the Court to receive the written findings and opinions of the expert who performed the examination and the autopsy of the body of the person which was deprived of liberty at the time of death.

Acting on the recommendations, the Administration for Enforcement of Penal Sanctions announced the enouncement of a tender for the procurement of new uniforms for members of the Security Service and took measures for additional employment of officials. Also, the first group of employees is directed to health control, and it is planned that all workers will pass it by the end of the year.

At the same time, the Health Inspectorate of the Ministry of Health informed the NPM of the results of the inspection supervision in which the Prison was ordered to obtain a legal decision on the fulfillment of the conditions for performing healthcare activity.

The NPM visited the Novi Pazar District Prison on 16 and 17 March 2017. The Report on the visit was prepared, with 27 recommendations for elimination of observed shortcomings and improvement of the state.