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Reports

Acting on the recommendation of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), the Sombor Penal-Correctional Institution, in cooperation with local self-government, initiated the construction of a new facility, in order to relocate the part of the Institution from an unsuitable facility located in the city centre. Until then, the Institution will maintain the existing premises in a functional state and, in accordance with the possibilities, provide the prisoners with the missing means necessary for staying in the Institution. As the NPM has been informed, in cooperation with the competent courts, the possibilities of working engagements of remand prisoners will be considered, and the Administration for the Enforcement of Penal Sanctions provided funds for courses and trainings for convicted persons.

In order to harmonize practice with modern standards of treatment of persons deprived of their liberty, the new procedures introduced the possibility that the attorneys' visits take place without physical obstacles, that a detailed searches of the persons are carried out gradually and that the members of the Security Service do not carry truncheons in a visible way. In addition, a special injuries record has been established, funds have been provided for the procurement of medical instruments for wound healing and appropriate instructions were given to healthcare personnel about the detection and description of injuries.

The NPM team visited Sombor PCI on 5 and 6 December 2018. The Report was made on this visit, with 31 recommendations for removing the observed shortcomings and improving the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty in this Institution.

The Commissariat for Refugees and Migration informed the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) that the Dimitrovgrad Reception Center for migrants was temporarily closed due to the significantly reduced number of migrants who stayed there and that in the event of its reopening, all measures will be taken to implement the recommendations from the Report on the NPM visit to this Center.

NPM visited the Dimitrovgrad Reception Center on May 17, 2018.

The Belgrade Gerontology Center has informed the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) that it will be possible for the immobile beneficiaries placed in the Bežanijska kosa Home to stay in the fresh air outside the enclosed premises more regularly and that works will be carried out in the coming period at the Department for accommodation beneficiaries with diagnosis of dementia: painting of all rooms, renovation of the bathroom and installation of new draperies will be done, in order to create a pleasant surroundings and environment in which the beneficiaries stay and live.

NPM was also informed that until the adoption of rules that will regulate the conditions and procedure of physical restraint of beneficiaries in institutions of social protection, the Institution will apply the established standards, and that the Belgrade City Center for Social Work ordered guardians to visit their wards more regularly.

The NPM visited the Belgrade Gerontology Center - Bežanijska kosa Home on October 24, 2018. A report containing recommendations for the elimination of observed shortcomings was compiled on this visit.

Concerning the recommendation of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) that the Psychiatric Department should provide material conditions that will enable a positive therapeutic environment, the Šabac General Hospital informed the NPM that the mattresses were mostly replaced, that they purchased new bedding and replaced beds and that it was planned to replace the carpentry in 2019.

The NPM visited the Psychiatric Department of the Šabac General Hospital on April 3, 2018, about which it made a report.

Acting upon the recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), the Zrenjanin District Prison repaired sanitary facilities and moisture, paintied the walls of the cells and the kitchen, disinsected the rooms and increased the capacity of the laundry by purchasing another washing machine.

The District Prison's response also states that the procedure for a detailed body search has been changed so that the persons no longer take away all the clothes at the same time, that the documentating of the person's injury has been improved by marking injuries on the body charts, that the exclusion of the convict from the regular regime of sentence serving will be made on the basis of an appropriate decision and that the medical doctor will continuously control the health condition of persons who are isolated or physicaly restrainted.

Also, the NPM was informed that members of the Security Service were provided with certain parts of uniforms that were missing and that the employment of a medical technician was in progress.

The NPM visited the Zrenjanin District Prison on July 13, 2018. A report was made on the visit, with recommendations to improve the work of the Prison and the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty.