b_280_0_16777215_00_images_KPZ_Pozarevac.jpgOn 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.

b_280_0_16777215_00_images_KPZ_POzarevac_1.jpgThe 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.

Yesterday, National Preventive Mechanism paid visits to the District Prison and the Police Administration in Novi Sad.

During the visit to the District Prison, National Preventive Mechanism paid attention to the issue of psychoactive substances presence in the institution and the measures taken by the institution in that regard. So, the National Preventive Mechanism interviewed employees in the services for security, treatment and health care.

In addition, the National Preventive Mechanism team interviewed the detainees regarding the police conduct during the exercise of police powers.

The National Preventive Mechanism also visited two police outposts within Novi Sad Police Administration where the NPM monitored whether they complied with the Recommendations of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and interviewed the detainees regarding police officers’ conduct during deprivation of liberty.

Today, the National Preventive Mechanism visited the District Prison (DP) and the Police Department in Smederevo.

The visit to DP Smederevo was aimed at controlling the presence of psychoactive substances in the institution and the response of the institution to that, which continued the activity started towards the end of the previous year. The NPM conducted interviews with security, treatment and health care services, as well as with several persons deprived of liberty. In addition, during the interviews with the recently detained persons, NPM representatives examined how the police treated them during their deprivation of liberty.

During a visit to the Smederevo Police Department, the NPM monitored the adherence of the Police Department to CPT's Recommendations, the use of coercive measures, investigated existing complaints, the manner of questioning, handling the confiscated items, conditions in holding facilities and conduct towards detained citizens.

Yesterday, the National Preventive Mechanism visited the Adaševci Reception Center, in order to monitor the situation and conditions in the center, the treatment of migrants and the measures taken to contain the spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The NPM visited accommodation facilities (one solid facility - the building of the former hotel, as well as tents set up to admit migrants brought shortly before the state of emergency), infirmary, canteen, laundry, dining room, and special attention was paid to the conditions for maintaining personal hygiene. During the visit, the migrants were interviewed and the records of recent extraordinary developments were reviewed.

The cooperation of the employees was good and the representatives of the NPM were enabled to fulfill their mandate.

On Thursday 30 April, National Preventive Mechanism visited Penitentiary-Correctional Institution in Sremska Mitrovica. The visit was carried out to check how the institutions implement measures to contain coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and how the exercise of fundamental rights of persons deprived of liberty is ensured in these circumstances. The management and the staff fully cooperated during the visit. At the same time, the NPM investigated if several allegations regarding violations of the rights of persons deprived of liberty, obtained via the designated hotline, were founded. In this regard, the NPM conducted unsupervised interviews with two convicted persons and reviewed relevant documentation.

We remind that the NPM number 066 800 70 13 is available every day during the state of emergency, from 8 am to 10 pm.