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.

Today, the National Preventive Mechanism team visited the Reception Center in Obrenovac, to monitor the situation and conditions in the center, the treatment of migrants who were there and the measures taken by the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The team visited the accommodation facilities, the infirmary, the shop, interviewed dozens of migrants and employees on site, and gained insight into the records and other documentation kept in the center.
The Commissariat employees fully cooperated with the NPM and enabled it to fulfill its mandate.