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.

National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) visited the establishments in city of Vršac where persons are or may be deprived of their liberty on Thursday, 15. December 2016.

Divided in several teams, NPM visited the Police Station, the Regional Border Police Centre towards Romania, the Department of the District Prison in Pančevo located in Vršac, Special Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases ''Dr Slavoljub Bakalović'' and Gerontology Center.

The visit to the Police Station, which is part of the Police Department in Pančevo, had a special purpose of monitoring of acting on the recommendations made by NPM after the visit to the Police Department in Pančevo and police stations in its structure in 2013, as well as monitoring of how police officers are treating migrants and asylum seekers. Also, the visit to the Special Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases focused on monitoring of the acting on the recommendations made by the Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) to the Government of the Republic of Serbia after the visit to this institution in 2015.

Officers of the visited establishments achieved full cooperation with NPM, allowing it to freely carry out its duty. The officials provided the requested informations and allowed NPM teams access to all premises, insight into documentation and interviews with the persons, by teams choice.

NPM conducted visits on 08 and 09 December 2016 to the Subotica and Sombor Reception centres in order to monitor the treatment of migrants, as well as the conditions in which they reside. On that occasion NPM team also visited the border crossing Horgos and Kelebija and Correctional Institution in Sombor.

The National preventive mechanism visited Principovac, Šid and Adaševci Reception Centers for migrants on 02. December 2016, for the purpose of monitoring the treatment of migrants and the conditions in which they are staying. The emphasis during these visits was on underage migrants, so the part of the NPM team was the representative of the Department of Children's Rights in Protector of Citizen's Secretariat.