The NPM began monitoring the force return of Serbian citizens from EU countries which asylum requests have not been accepted. A representative of the Protector of Citizens, in carrying out the work of the NPM, monitored the police treatment of persons who were returned yesterday from Dusseldorf to Serbia, in special charter flight.
During the monitoring there were not registered any kind of irregularities and cooperation with the authorities was very good. The Protector of Citizens has enabled the realization of the mandate in full capacity.
The forced return was carried out in cooperation between the police of Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Serbia, and organized by the FRONTEX. Monitoring of the force return of people whose applications for asylum were rejected is a significant preventative element in the protection against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
In such a manner, the NPM has achieved its mandate stipulated in the Law on ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, which requires him to conduct visits to all places where it may be a limited freedom of movement of people and to protect them from torture or ill-treatment.