On the occasion of marking June 26, the International Day of the Support of Victims of Torture, the Protector of Citizens takes the opportunity to remind that the Constitution of Serbia and numerous international instruments guarantee the inviolability of the physical and psychological integrity of man, that no one should be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Any intentional infliction of pain or suffering to a person who is in any way detained, on the basis of a decision or consent of an official is prohibited in order to obtain information or recognition, or for intimidation or punishment.
The absence of the struggle against the impunity of torture in the Republic of Serbia, to which the Protector of Citizens often draws public attention, can in time lead to an increase in the number of physical abuse cases. In addition, on the basis of numerous visits, the Protector of Citizens assessed that in institutions where persons deprived of their liberty are placed, where there are continuously poor material conditions, which are overcrowded, with inappropriate treatment, poor health care and lack of social support, treatment which gets the character of the inhuman or degrading can occur.
In order to further improve the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty, as well as the prevention of torture, the Protector of Citizens reminds that it is necessary for the competent authorities to conduct effective procedures in cases of allegations of torture, as well as the need to develop a system of continuous human rights training for decision-makers and all officials who act directly with these persons.