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Deputy Protector of Citizens Ms. Nataša Tanjević PhD. and representatives of the National Preventive Mechanism paid a regular visit to the Pančevo Penitentiary-Correctional Institution on 27 and 28 February in accordance with the visit plan for 2020. In addition to the NPM representatives, the visiting team also included representatives of the Provincial Ombudsman, YUKOM representatives and a forensic specialist- a representative of the IAN.

During the visit, a comprehensive monitoring of the situation in the Institution was conducted in terms of respecting the rights of persons deprived of their liberty, with the full cooperation of the management and staff in the penitentiary facility. The NPM team was provided with all the requested information; unsupervised interviews with a large number of persons deprived of liberty were enabled, as well as a tour of the premises and insight into the complete documentation. The professional conduct of the management and employees in the Institution during the NPM’s visit was an example of good practice in acting upon legally enshrined bodies’ obligation to cooperate with the NPM.

The NPM will prepare a report on the visit, which will be submitted to the Institution and other relevant authorities.