During the previous year, the NPM conducted 92 visits to places where persons are or may be deprived of their libery and reffered 318 recommendations to the competent authorities.

There is no torture in the Republic of Serbia as an organized and stimulated phenomenon by state authorities. However, there have been noticed certain actions by the competent authorities towards persons deprived of their liberty which are the result of deficiencies in the system and which represent bad practice. Bearing in mind their intensity and duration, they can overcome, and in some cases grow into degrading or inhuman treatment, including torture, it was concluded in the Report.

The Report notes that important steps have been taken in terms of preventing torture and other forms of abuse, as well as improving the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty, but that the handling of internal control, prosecution and court mechanisms should be significantly improved in order to effectively and effectively combat against torture.

On this occasion, the NPM draws attention to the fact that today, July 18, is the Nelson Mandela International Day, which was established by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution and is celebrated each year since 2010, on the day of the birth of Nelson Rolihlahla Mendela, President of the Republic of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, in recognition of his contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

In December 2015, the General Assembly decided to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day to also be utilized in order to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance.

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