Tim NPM on 26. July 2016 visited the Gerontology Center Novi Sad - work unit Home for pensioners and the elderly in Novo naselje, with aim to determine the treatment of beneficiaries.
Acting on the recommendations of the NPM concerning the improvement of the situation of unaccompanied migrant minors in general, the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs has secured additional funding. Action has been taken to strengthen the capacities of the social security system for working with unaccompanied migrant minors, increasing the accommodation capacity for such persons in institutions of social protection and procurement of vehicles for the transport of juvenile migrants.
In accordance with the recommendation from NPM report on the visit to the Institute for Youth Education - Center for foreign minors unaccompanied in Nis, funds were provided to meet the needs of minor foreigners, primarily to increase the accommodation capacity for unaccompanied minors and providing special accommodation for girls in this institution. There will also be provided and three vehicles for the transport of unaccompanied migrant minors.
In order to improve the situation of children of refugees and migrants so far NPM through the reports on visits sent to the competent authorities ten recommendations, which relate exclusively to obove mentioned field.
In accordance with the recommendations of the NPM, police officers in Police Department Subotica will in their future work allow to all PDLs to keep with them in cells all the relevant documentation (decision on detention, the form notice of rights, medical report, etc.. ) during the deprivation. Decision on detention will continue to be issueed and handed to the PDLs in legally prescribed time limits, and also the patterns on the rights of detained persons are made in foreign and national minority languages, classified and labeled, so that police officers can give to the PDLs in a language they understand. Police officers will be applied in the reports of police powers specify the exact time of their start and end, and will not attend the medical examination of a detained person, except in situations when the doctor asks.
Police Department Subotica has taken measures in order to eliminate the identified deficiencies in the treatment of detainees, and for the purpose of complying with the recommendations addressed from NPM, they introduced all the organizational units within the Department. Also, Department informed the police station in its composition that in the future duty police officers have to have the keys form all official premises available in order to allow the NPM to fully perform their mandat during the (night) unannounced visits.
NPM has conducted unannounced nighttime visit Police Department Subotica on 24 March 2016. After visit NPM submitted a report on the visit, with six recommendations for elimination of the identified deficiencies.
Regarding 26 June, UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Protector of Citizens recalls that the prevention of torture and uncompromising confrontation with the appearance of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment are not only the questions for fulfillment of international obligations of Serbia, but also a prerequisite for the preservation of the dignity of all citizens and the basis of democracy of the country.
Victims of torture are primarily persons deprived of their liberty, which are deprived of their freedom, or limited, due to decision or with the explicit or tacit consent of state authorities. This group includes the person who kept the police, those who are serving a prison sentence, and those who are in social and health care. Restrictions on the freedom of such persons, as well as closure of institutions in which they are creating an effective opportunity to be victims of torture, states Protector of Citizens.
National Mechanism for Prevention of Torture (NPM) Serbia in his previous work carried about 350 visits to places where persons are or may be deprived of their liberty and addressed over 1000 recommendations for corection of the identified deficiencies. Although many examples of improving the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty, the Republic of Serbia needs to develop a system of continuous training on human rights for decision makers and all the officials who directly treat persons deprived of their liberty, in particular as regards the prohibition of torture and other forms of ill-tretment, stresses the Protector of Citizens.
UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as one of the key instruments in the fight against torture, entered into force on 26 June 1987. Till today, the Convention has been ratified by 159 UN member states.