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12 April 2022

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Photo: Protector of Citizens

On 4 and 5 April 2022, the team of the Protector of Citizens that performs the tasks of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) visited the Institution for Education of Children and Youth in Knjaževac. The visit was carried out in order to systematically control the degree of respect for the rights of beneficiaries in that institution.

Members of the NPM spoke with the management of the institution and with representatives of the service, reviewed records and other documentation. They also spoke with all beneficiaries and toured the accommodation capacities and other premises in the institution.

The NPM team was multidisciplinary. It consisted of a lawyer from the institution of the Protector of Citizens, special pedagogues from the Centre for Youth Integration and a psychologist from the Valjevo Human Rights Committee.

It was the first visit of the NPM to the institution in Knjaževac, and the professional behaviour of the management and employees of the institution during the visit is an example of good practice, in accordance with the obligation of the authorities, prescribed by law, to cooperate with the NPM.