Team NPM conducted a two-day visit to the District Prison in Novi Pazar, on 16 and 17 March 2017. On this occasion, NPM carried out an evening unannounced visits to the Novi Pazar Police Directorate, in order to monitor implementation of previously addressed NPM recommendations.

National Preventive Mechanism team carried out the unannounced visit to the Šid Reception Center for migrants on 13 March 2017, in order to follow acting on the recommendations that have been addressed after the visit to the Center in December 2016.

NPM conducted a visit to the District Prison in Pancevo on 21 February 2017 in order to monitor the earlier addressed recommendations in the Report on the visit from 2013. Within the team, in addition to representatives of the Protector Grđan was a doctor of forensic medicine.

b_280_0_16777215_00_images_DSCN0858-2.JPGNPM team visited newly opened Obrenovac Reception Center on 03 February 2017, in which in the past period migrants who were residing in inhumane conditions in a hangar located near the Belgrade Bus Station were relocated to.

Special attention during this visit was aimed at minors, so the part of the team were representatives of the Department of Children's Rights in Protector of Citizen's Secretariat.

b_280_0_16777215_00_images_DSCN0841-640x480.jpgThe National preventive mechanism team followed yesterday's proceeding of relocation of migrants residing in inappropriate and inhumane conditions in a hangar located near the Belgrade Bus Station. About 60 migrants, mostly unaccompanied minors, Commissariat for Refugees and Migration transferred to Krnjača Asylum Center, where they will be medically treated and placed in appropriate conditions. Migrants have volunteered for the relocation from the barracks and the whole procedure was carried out without incidents and with full respect for the rights of migrants.

This action is in line with the recommendation of the National preventive mechanism, addressed in the Report on the visit to informal venues in Belgrade at which refugees and migrants have been rallying from 10. August 2016, that the competent authorities without delay need to take measures to accommodate the migrants in the state facilities (asylum and reception centres). Announcements of the competent authorities that started activities will be continued in the following period are encouraging.

Bearing in mind the weather conditions, the lives of migrants residing in the hangars are threatened. National preventive mechanism considers that the Republic of Serbia should immediately institutionally dispose all the migrants and that the freedom of choice of migrants is less important than their survival, physical and psychological integrity and dignity.