The Protector of Citizens, in his capacity of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia and UNHCR, on 27 November 2014 organized “The First South-East European OPCAT Forum” and on 28 November 2014, the Conference "Prevention of torture and other forms of ill-treatment and the fight against impunity". Both events were held in Belgrade.


Most asylum seekers in Serbia are migrants who do not want asylum , but are in transit to another EU country . Also, Serbia will do everything to solve the problem of asylum seekers, but this requires international cooperation, said today at a press conference titled "Challenges of the Republic of Serbia in the field of asylum and migration: priority on national and international level", organized by the Ombudsman in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Office in Belgrade .

b_280_0_16777215_00_images_stories_dsc_0503.jpgThe Ombudsman within the performance of activities of the National Preventive Mechanism, through a process of permanent cooperative dialogue with the Ministry of Interior and the Police of the City of Belgrade held on 23 December 2013th in the Palace "Serbia", organized the Round Table "Police treatment of persons deprived of liberty and the prevention of torture."

The first meeting of the Medical Group NPM ( National Preventive Mechanism) SEE network organized by the Ombudsman and the OSCE Mission to Serbia was held on 24 and 25 of October 2013 , at the headquarters of the institution of Ombudsman in Belgrade.

Experts / doctors of NPM Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina , Croatia, Macedonia , Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia were talking about their experiences in the activities of NPM on their position in the structure of NPM methodology used during visits to places where are persons deprived of  liberty , as well as the standards of health care in police custody and in prisons.


The head office of the Ombudsman of Austria, Dr. Michael Mauerer, who manages the NPM Austria, along with his assistant Sinisa Jovanovic on 26th of September 2013 visited the Ombudsman. Beside the Protector of Citizens Saša Janković,  Milos Jankovic Deputy Ombudsman and advisors of the Technical Service who work on NPM attended the meeting.

On that occasion, the previous work of NPM of Republic Serbia and experiences at work was presented, as well as the possibilities of cooperation in the performance of these two bodies were considered.