Prevention of reprisals was the topic of the meeting of the Network of National mechanisms for the Prevention of Torture of South-East Europe, held in Skopje on June 11 and 12 this year. The host of the meeting was the Ombudsman of the Republic of Northern Macedonia in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission in Macedonia.
The network meeting included presentations of national teams, exchange of experiences and discussion on the topic of reprisals, as well as joint steps in the further work of the network. A representative of the NPM of Serbia stated that the NPM does not have an official document in which it deals with the prevention of reprisal to the persons that NPM has provided with some information, and that their actions on this topic are based on preventive mechanisms "before", "during" and "after the visit ", guided primarily by the principles of confidentiality and " do not harm ". Also, great attention is paid to "ad hoc" visits if there is an alarm during the visit that individuals or groups can endure some form of intimidation or reprisals due to cooperation with the NPM, whether it is employees ("whistleblowers") or persons deprived of their liberty.
In addition to representatives of the NPM countries of the South East Europe, representatives of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) also attended the meeting of the Network.