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Today and yesterday, the National Preventive Mechanism teams visited six police stations (PS) within the Belgrade Police Administration - PS Zvezdara, PS Palilula, PS Čukarica, PS Rakovica, PS Vračar and PS Zemun. During the visits to the police stations, the NPM monitored the implementation of the recommendations from the Report on the 2017 visit of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) to the Republic of Serbia.

Special attention was paid to measures to protect against ill-treatment and the manner of exercising the rights of detainees during detention, documenting the use of coercive measures by police officers, handling confiscated items and activities undertaken to create conditions for audio / video recording of interviews.

Police officers were highly cooperative, provided answers to all questions, provided access to detention facilities and other premises in police stations, as well as overview, insight and photoshoots of all required documentation.

Unobstructed and unsupervised interviews with the detainees selected by the NPM team members were also enabled. Detainees interviewed in holding facilities had no objections regarding the police officers’ conduct.