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Visits

On February 26, 2019, the National Prevention Mechanism (NPM) visited institutions in Kragujevac in which persons are or may be deprived of their liberty. Divided into two teams, NPM visited the Clinical Center Kragujevac - Clinic for psychiatry and Gerontology Center Kragujevac - facility 3 intended for the care of beneficiaries with dementia.

The visits were aimed at monitoring the treatment of patients and beneficiaries at the accommodation in these institutions, as well as reviewing the conditions in which they reside.

On 29 January 2019, the National Preventive Mechanism teams visited the Kragujevac District Prison and Police Department, both the headquarters of the PD and the Batočina and Lapovo police stations.

Visits were conducted in order to follow-up the NPM recommendations that were sent after previous visits to these institutions and all officials have fully cooperated with the NPM.

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.