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Reports

Acting on the recommendations of the NPM, the District Prison in Subotica will enable foreign nationals information concerning the exercise of their rights in prison, in a language they understand. Also, in order to improve the treatment of migrants punished for a misdemeanor, prison officers in Subotica will be informe the diplomatic missions only with the consent of the persons deprived of their liberty.

The Ombudsman is carrying out the work of the NPM in September 2015, visited the District Prison in Subotica in order to monitor the competent authorities according
to migrants punished for a misdemeanor.

Acting on the recommendations of the NPM, the Centre Principovac has established method of keeping records on the number of persons arriving in the Center, as well as on their gender and age. In accordance with the recommendation addressed to the Center, house rules are visible and translated into English, Arabic and Farsi. Also, the Commissioner has further improved the living conditions in the Center in a manner that is qualified heating system and provided conditions for regular replacement of sheets, upon receipt of a new persons in the Center.

The Ombudsman in carrying out the work of the NPM in September 2015, visited the Regional Center of the border police to the Croatian border crossing Sid, as well as the reception center Principovac. Reports on the visits were sent to the competent authorities. To the Commissioner for Refugees and Migration and to the Centre Principovac three recommendations were issued, in order to improve treatment.

Acting on the recommendations of the NPM, the District Prison in Belgrade established spaces for shared living room of detainees and took measures for its adequate equipment, in which are detainees in Prison under the same conditions as prisoners. They are allowed to spent, a certain part of the day, in contact with other detainees with whom they are not prohibited contact by court decision. All blocks for accommodation of detainees, according to the plan of reconstruction of the accommodation space for the persons deprived of their liberty, will be reconstructed by the end of 2019 and in all will be provided with a shared living room.

During this visit, the NPM team paid special attention to the situation of women in the detention unit. It was founded that the block in which are women detainees is not in accordance with applicable standards, and they were barred from the right to use electronic media, as well as adequate hygiene packages that satisfies the specific needs of women. Prison indicated that by the end of year 2017 the block will be reconstructed, and to the completion of the planned works woman detainees will be moved to the block that has been renovated.

Acting on the recommendations of the NPM, Working unit for adults and the elderly with mental disabilities in Tesica has taken certain measures in order to respect the privacy rights of beneficiaries providing lockers for storage of personal belongings of beneficiaries and by reconstituting their bathrooms. Measures has been undertaken relating to the rights of beneficiaries in contact with their relatives and freedom of movement outside the Institution. Beneficiaries in the Institution, according to to the information given by colleagues from NGO, are particularly pleased with frequent outings outside the Institution, which was provided after the visit of the NPM.

NPM in June 2015, in order to monitor the treatment of beneficiaries, visited a Working unit for adults and the elderly with mental disabilities in Tesica, which is an integral part of the Gerontology Center "Jelenac" in city Aleksinac.

Acting on the recommendations of the NPM, addressed in the Report on the visit to the District Prison in Novi Sad (DP), Department for Execution of Criminal Sanctions sent an instruction to all the institutions for execution of criminal sanctions on the manner of conducting body search and other proceedings of persons who come to visit PDLs. Also, the Department will conduct a public call for the recruitment of 40 officers within the security services in DP Novi Sad.

In accordance with the recommendations, the Department will provide funds for the purchase of equipment that is missing in the infirmary, and hired a psychiatrist to be present at the Prison twice a week for at least four hours.

The NPM carried out, in May 2015, the visit of DP Novi Sad in order to monitor treatment as recommended in the Report on the visit, from October 2014. On that occasion, to the DP in Novi Sad and to the Directorate were sent 17 recommendations for removing the identified deficiencies.