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Reports on visits

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.

Attachments:
Download this file (ENG Izvestaj B Koviljaca.pdf)Report on visit

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.

Acting on the recommendations of the NPM Special Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases (SBPB) "Dr Slavoljub Bakalović" in Vrsac has taken a lot of measures to implement the recommendations, in accordance with its financial and human resources capabilities. In order to increase the required number of employees, in an indefinite period of time Hospital received a doctor and two medical technicians, and in next period are planned new recruitment of medical staff. In accordance with the budget for 2017, they will renovation the certain departments within the hospital.

In accordance with the recommendations of NPM, during the retention of patients, hospital adheres to the legislation, and measure of the physical restraint (fixation) is also applied in accordance with applicable legal regulations and standards in force. In order to raise the quality of rehabilitation services and care, for each patient are made individualized treatment plans that include large number of rehabilitative and therapeutic activities.

NPM visited the Special Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases' Dr Slavoljub Bakalović "in Vrsac on 15 December 2016, in order to monitor implementation of the recommendations made by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to the Republic of Serbia, 2015. About the visit, the Report with recommendations for further improvement of the situation has been made.

Attachments:
Download this file (Izvestaj o follow up poseti SBPB Vrsac - eng.pdf)Report on visit

Pančevo District Prison has taken a series of measures to improve documenting of injuries of inmates who are in this Prison. Acting on the recommendations of the NPM, a doctor provide more detailed description of injuries inflicted as a consequence of implementation of coercive measures and submits periodical written report about medical condition of persons deprived of their liberty to the head of the Prison, and the separate records about injuries is established. Also, all prisoners undergo a medical examination on admission to the Prison upon their return from a temporary absence.

In addition, Security Service members are trained in first aid and CPR, programs for control of aggressive behaviour in treatment programs for convicted persons are introduced and all detainees are issued confirmations about written mail handed over to the officials of the Prison. Also, The Directorate for Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions informed the Ombudsman that a tender offer for the purchase of new uniforms for Security services members, which they have not received since 2012, will be announced in May of 2017.

NPM visited Pančevo District Prison on 21 February of 2017, in order to monitor implementation of the recommendations from the visit to the Prison conducted in 2013. and the recommendations made by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) to the Republic of Serbia in 2015. About the visit, Report with recommendations for further improvement of the situation has been made.

Attachments:
Download this file (Report.pdf)Report on visit