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Visits

On December 5 and 6, 2018, the National Preventive Mechanism team visited the Correctional Institution and the Police Department in Sombor. The aim of the visit to the Correctional Institution was to get an insight on all aspects of the Institution's functioning and treatment of persons deprived of their liberty. During the two-day visit, the team visited both the Institution's buildings - a building in the center of the city where the reception, semi-opened and closed department are and open department located outside the town, spoke with the management and representatives of the prison services and conducted interviews with a large number of convicted for crimes and misdemeanors and detainees.

In the premises of the Police Department, there were no persons to whom the police detention was ordered and during the visit team obtained information about the actions taken by the PD on the previously addressed NPM recommendations.

In addition to representatives of the Protector of Citizens, in the team for the visit to the Correctional Institution were representatives of the Provincial Ombudsman, as well as the doctor forensic specialists.

NPM team visited the Home for the persons with mental disabilites in Tutin on November 8, 2018, in order to monitor treatment towards beneficiaries and the conditions in which they are living. In addition to representatives of the Protector of Citizens, team members were also the representative from the Initiative for the Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities (MDRI-S) and expert of the medical profession. The staff of the Home realized full cooperation with the NPM team and enabled him to fulfill his mandate.

NPM visited the Gerontological Center Belgrade - Bežanijska kosa on October 24, 2018, in order to monitor the treatment of the beneficiaries of this institution, as well as the conditions in which they are staying. In addition to representatives of the Protector of Citizens, the visiting team was also a representative of the MDRI Initiative for the Protection of Persons with Mental Disabilities. The management of the visited institution has established full cooperation with the NPM.

NPM team visited the border police station at the Airport ''Nikola Tesla'' on October 18, 2018, in order to monitor implementation of the recommendations from the previous reports and to review the current situation in the area of ​​migration. After an initial interviews with police officers, the NPM visited the premises in the transit zone of the Airport, for accommodation foreigners who have been denied entry into the Republic of Serbia, as well as a premises for detaining persons under the Criminal Procedure Code and the Law on Misdemeanors. During the visit, NPM also conducted interviews with foreign nationals.

On August 21 and 22, 2018, the National Preventive Mechanism team visited the Novi Pazar District Prison and the Police Department, as well as the Tutin and Sjenica Asylum Centers.

The aim of these visits was to monitor the acting of the competent authorities upon the previously addressed recommendations of the NPM, as well as to review the current conditions in the institutions visited and the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty and migrants.

Officials of the visited institutions have achieved full cooperation with the NPM.