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Reports

Acting on the recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), the Niš Penitentiary-Correctional Institute replaced all worn out mattresses and bedding with new ones and, in order to protect privacy during shower, placed paravans in the shared bathroom in the detention unit. In order to engage more detainees in work, the Penitentiary Institute amended the Rulebook on job classification by foresawing workplaces for detainees and informed about it the Niš High Court, while all detainees will be informed about the possibility of working engagements in the next period.

The Administration for the Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions has taken appropriate measures to increase the number of employees in the treatment and security services in the Niš Penitentiary, as well as for the purchase of new uniforms for members of the Security Service, which have not been purchased for seven years.

In addition, the Prison estimated cost of installing video surveillance in premises intended for persons who are hel by police up to 48 hours, so the Administration, in accordance with the financial possibilities, will provide the necessary funds. At the same time, the Niš Police Department informed the NPM that the citizens who are being held by police up to 48 hours and who staying in the Niš Penitentiary will be allowed to go out in the fresh air, that the means for maintaining personal hygiene will be provided to them and that an initiative has been made in order to, in the following period, according to financial and technical capabilities, adapt and equip retention rooms in PD in accordance with current standards.

The NPM visited the Niš PD and Prison within the Ombudsman's Day, held on October 16 and 17, 2017, on which it compiled reports with recommendations of measures to eliminate the observed shortcomings and to improve the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty.

The Institute should make more efforts to inform newly arrived prisoners about the manner in which their rights are exercised and their obligations, it is stated, among other things, in the Report of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) on the visit to the Padinska Skela Penitentiary-Correctional Institute, during which it monitored the acting of the Institute upon earlier sent recommendations.

The NPM noted that the Institute, acting in accordance with the recommendations, used the paravens to separate the shower areas in the common baths, in order to ensure the privacy of the prisoners during showering, and that it installed canopies in the sections for the outdoor exercise, in order to protect prisoners who are out for a walk from precipitation. On the other hand, it has not been acted upon the NPM recommendations related to the improvement of treatment of transgender persons.

NPM visited Padinska Skela Prison on December 21, 2017. The visit Report was submitted to the Prison and to the Administration for the Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions.

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.