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.