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.