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In his capacity as the National Preventive Mechanism, the Protector of Citizens sent official letters to all administrative authorities competent for the institutions where persons deprived of liberty are or may be, and reiterated that the prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is absolute and that protective measures taken by the state to contain COVID-19 must never result in any form of ill-treatment of persons deprived of liberty.

Furthermore, he reminded of a statement by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) dated 20 March 2020, which sets out the principles relating to the treatment of persons deprived of liberty during the coronavirus pandemic. With this in mind, all competent bodies and all institutions, where persons deprived of their liberty are or may be, are urged to fully abide by the provision of Article 202 of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia during the state of emergency, as well as to adhere to the recommendations by the World Health Organization and CPT principles.