Acting on the recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration provided enough spare clothing and footwear for migrants staying in the Bosilegrad Reception Centre and displayed the House Rules and information of relevance for migrants, in the languages they understand, on the notice board of the Reception Centre. In order to ensure the confidentiality of data on the health status of migrants, a special locker for the storage of medical documentation was provided, which only health professionals have access to. In order to ensure protection of underage and other vulnerable groups of migrants, the Bosilegrad Social Work Centre has appointed a professional worker in charge of visits of the Reception Centre and a permanent contact with the Commissariat officials.
Although all migrants located in this Reception Centre had expressed the intention to seek asylum in Serbia, the Ministry of Interior informed the NPM that there are no migrants here in the asylum procedure nor interested in submitting such a request.
The NPM visited the Bosilegrad Reception Centre on April 4, 2017, in order to monitor the treatment of competent authorities towards migrants and asylum seekers. After the visit, recommendations for the elimination of identified deficiencies were issued to the authorities.
The Ministry of the Interior informed the Protector of Citizens that the Asylum Office acted upon the recommendation of the NPM and that in each of the centers in Dimitrovgrad and Pirot, in the presence of an adequate translator, interviews were conducted with each migrant. According to further statements, all persons were interviewed regardless of whether they possessed the Confirmation of Expression of Intent to seek asylum or did not express such intention, and are on the list for going to Hungary.
When it comes to acting on the recommendation that the NPM sent to the Center for Social Welfare in Dimitrovgrad, it was necessary to follow-up its recommendation, given that Center informed the Protector of Citizens that there has been planned project, that will finance an expert worker who will be on a daily basis in the Center for migrants.
The NPM visited the Reception Centers in Pirot and Dimitrovgrad in February 2017, in order to monitor the authorities' treatment of migrants and asylum seekers.
Acting on the recommendations of the NPM, Commissariat for Refugees and Migration provided an official vehicle for Asylum Center in Banja Koviljaca (hereinafter Center), and in the purpose of adequate and continuous care of needs foreigners in the Center they were introduced night duty and all-day presence of officials on working days and weekends. In addition, Center for Social Work in Loznica, in accordance with its competencies, carries out tasks related to the guardianship of unaccompanied minors.
NPM visited the Center for Asylum in Banja Koviljaca on March 2017 in order to monitor the implementation of recommendations from Report on the Visit to Center from 2015. After the visit to the competent authorities were sent recommendations to eliminate identified deficiencies.
Since the beginning of the year, National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) has twice visited the Šid Reception Center, 13 March and 16 May, in order to monitor the fulfilment of previously addressed recommendations. During the second visit, allegations of three migrants that they were tortured by the authorities of the neighboring countries from which they have been returned to Serbia were checked.
Reporting on measures taken in order to fulfil the recommendations of the NPM, the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration informed the Ombudsman that, at the date of the report, in the Šid Reception Center 188 migrants were located, which represents a significant reduction compared to the previous visits of the NPM to this Center, when there were 638 and 220 migrants, respectively.
Reducing the number of migrants created the conditions in Center for sufficient amount of hot water for migrants who have stayed here, and these are mostly families with children and unaccompanied minors. Acting on the other recommendations of the NPM, a separate office in which migrants can have confidential interviews with social workers and psychologists is secured and employees of the Center begun to report on extraordinary events and the measures taken in respect of them on a daily basis, but since the Center is relieved no incidents have occured. On the other hand, the problem with the lack of video surveillance has remained open until funds are secured from donors.
Afterwards, the NPM received informations that all migrants are displaced from the Šid Reception Center and that it was temporarily closed.
The Reports on these visits to Reception Center have been drawn up.