On 1 April 2021, the Protector of Citizens’ team in performing the NPM tasks, led by the Deputy Protector of Citizens, Ms. Nataša Tanjević PhD, visited the Penal-Correctional Institution for Women in Požarevac. Aside from the Protector of Citizens’ employees, a representative of the Victimology Society of Serbia and a doctor specialized in forensic medicine joined the team.
Bearing in mind that 21 December last year marked the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the UN Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders known as the Bangkok Rules, as well as the fact that on 8 March on the International Women's Day, the NPM of Serbia, for the first time, together with the Association for the Prevention of Torture and a number of monitoring bodies from around the world, called on state authorities to continuous action to protect women in prison, the NPM monitored compliance with Bangkok rules during the course of the visit.
The NPM team visited the accommodation facilities in the Institution, the newly built facility, the economy, the part of the Institution where women prisoners with children are accommodated and gained insight into the relevant documentation in the General Affairs Service, Health care Service, Treatment Service and Security Service. In addition, interviews were conducted with the management of the Institution and the heads of the line services, as well as with several prisoners. Special attention has been paid to the manner of exercising health care for women prisoners, as well as the position of pregnant women and women prisoners who stay with children in the Institution.
The professional conduct of the management and all employees in the Institution during the NPM’s visit is an example of good practice, pursuant to legally prescribed obligation for authorities to cooperate with the NPM.