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Reports

The Institute for Accommodation of Adults „Male Pčelice“ informed the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) that, acting on the recommendations, and in order to avoid unnecessary fixations, it put the protective fences on the beds of residents who are at risk of falling and that they are working on harmonizing the fixation method with applicable regulations and standards. The Institute's reply also states that, since the visit of the NPM, the number of fixed residents has been reduced and that the centres for social work have been informed about the need for relocating users who are frequently fixed, but that the answers were that the accommodation in this Institution is the most adequate.

In addition, the NPM was informed that the Institute will act on the recommendation to require an autopsy, as a rule, in cases of the resident’s death, as well as that the Institute will continue to invest in the furnishing of rooms intended for residents.

The NPM visited the „Male Pčelice“ Institute on December 8, 2017 and delivered to the Institute the Report on the visit with recommendations.

Informations that premises of the Kikinda Reception Center for migrants are under video surveillance are posted and the complete medical documentation of migrants has been transferred to the infirmary and will be available only to medical personnel, Commissariat for Refugees and Migration stated in the notice about the acting upon the recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM). The Commissariat, in agreement with the Ministry of Health, estimated that the current engagement of medical personnel - 3 hours during working days - is adequate to the needs of migrants and secured the funds for solving the problem with wastewater, so the planned activities will be carried out after the transfer of ownership over the land.

Two field social workers were hired for migrants' protection, they are in the Reception Center several times a week and are also available twenty-four hours a day. The Kikinda Center for Social Work informed the NPM that individual interviews were conducted with all unaccompanied minors and that the initial assessments were made, on the basis of which some of the minors were placed under the direct care of the Center. They also sent requests to social welfare institutions for more adequate accommodation for minors, but there are not vacant seats in these institutions. The Center for Social Work sent to the NPM a detailed report on the undertaken measures in cases of reported domestic violence and in order to provide protection to victims of violence and other vulnerable categories of migrants, as well as on the other field worker activities in the Reception Center. The report also shows that the Center for Social Work has established regular communication with the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration and other state authorities and that field workers had trainings on work with the migrant population. It was also emphasized that the Center for Social Work has asked for six new employees on several occasions, since the lack of staff is a major problem for fulfillment of all foreseen duties.

The NPM visited the Kikinda Reception Center on November 21, 2017 in order to monitor the acting upon the earlier sent recommendations. NPM made the Report on this visit, with recommendations for further improvement.

During its visit to the Belgrade District Prison, the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) established that the Prison continued to renovate the accommodation capacities in accordance with the announced dynamics. It renovated blocks for the accommodation of convicts from closed and semi-closed wards, as well as of female detainees. Of the 12 blocks, 7 were reconstructed and the adaptations of the remaining are planned by the end of 2020. The NPM particularly commends the fact that there are joint living rooms in the renovated detention blocks. Also, as a good practice, the Prison established the detainees reception unit, where, after their reception, the multidisciplinary assessment of the risks, conditions, characteristics, preferences and needs of detainees is done.

Аcting on the recommendations of the NPM, the District Prison will, with the assistance of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), ensure that house rules are translated into the languages of the countries from the Middle East, bearing in mind the structure of the persons deprived of liberty in this institution. In addition, the Prison will communicate with the authorities in order to obtain the reports on the cause of death of the persons.

Given that the NPM identified the shortage of members of the Security Service, the Administration for Enforcement of Penal Sanctions informed the NPM that two vacant posts in this Service will be filled and that it had requested approval for hiring more officers.

In the meantime, following the recommendation of the NPM, the Inspector of the Ministry of Health during February 2018 conducted the monitoring of the work of the prison health service.

The NPM visited the Belgrade District Prison on December 20, 2017, in order to monitor the acting upon previously referred recommendations by the NPM and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT). The Report on the visit was made, in which NPM directed new recommendations to further improve the treatment of persons deprived of liberty in this institution.

The Commissariat for Refugees and Migration informed the Protector of Citizens that, in accordance with the recommendation of the NPM, they established the record of extraordinary events in the Subotica Reception Centre, for which the NPM considers important for proper reaction to the events in the migrants’ accommodation centres. In addition, in the Reception Centre begun the works on the roof over the room which will be used as a dining room and for the social activities of the migrants who are staying here.

At the same time, the City of Subotica Centre for Social Work responded to the Protector of Citizens that four field workers used to work with minor migrants in the Reception Centre until August 2017. Now, professional workers are present in the Reception Centre only after invitation and notification from the actors on the ground. As pointed out, the protection of juvenile migrants is hampered by insufficient resources and increased workload, which is why they contacted the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs.

The NPM team visited the Subotica Reception Centre, as well as the Horgoš and Kelebija border crossings, on November 21 and 22, 2017, about which it made the Report with recommendations to the competent authorities for improvement the treatment of migrants.

 

 

In the Vranje Police Department, the information about the rights will be delivered to the citizens immediately after they are taken in police station and the time when a close person of the detained citizen was informed about his deprivation of liberty will be recorded, according to the Police Department's notification of acting on the recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM). In addition, the Police Department instructed police officers to properly determine the start time of detention and established an internal procedure for dealing with citizens under police custody, in order to prevent problems that arise when these citizens are held in the District Prison.

On the other hand, Vranje PD informed the Ministry of Internal Affairs about the need to build cells for police custody in its organizational units and to adapt the existing cell in Surdulica Police Station, but funds were not provided. Also, the police officers of this Police Department will continue to act upon the instructions of the Ministry to handcuffe all citizens who are transported in the police vehicles.

On August 1, 2017, NPM visited the Surdulica Police Station, which is part of the Vranje Police Department, in order to monitor the treatment of persons under police custody and the acting of the Police Department following the NPM recommendations from the previous visit.