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Reports

The Pančevo Police Department informed the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) that, following the recommendations, it informed the Ministry of the Interior about the condition of the cells for police custody within its organizational units and proposed planning of funds for the adaptation of cells and improvement of video surveillance. The Police Department currently has cells only in the police station in Pančevo, which are in good condition, but the fact that there are seven police stations and several other police branches within this Police Department makes treatment of citizens under police custody to be more difficult. Also, the Police Department informed the NPM that it will seek to provide adequate space for the storage of temporarily seized objects.

The Police Department corrected the observed deficiencies and improved the treatment of detained citizens, since the starting time of custody is goning to be in accordance with the legal provisions and the receipts of delivery of information about their rights are made. The records of detainees were also improved, by recording the time when a close person of the detained citizen was informed about his deprivation of liberty and possible remarks by the citizen on the actions of police officers.

On the other hand, the police officers of this Police Department will continue to be present at the medical examinations of arrested and detained citizens and to handcuffe all citizens who are transported in the police vehicles, until the change of corresponding provisions of the Instruction of the Minister of the Police, by which such treatment is expressly prescribed.

On July 21, 2017, the NPM visited three police branches within the Pančevo Police Department, in order to monitor the acting upon recommendations previously issued by the NPM and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT). Report was made about the visits, in which the state of affairs was identified and recommendations were made for the elimination of the observed shortcomings and further improvement of the treatment of the citizens.

The Novi Sad District Prison informed the National Preventive Mechanism that, acting on the recommendations, it stopped using the premises for the solitary confinement and the intensified supervision, which the NPM team found to be with inadequate dimensions, and that the plan is to carry out the works on their expansion.

After considering the other findings from the NPM Report, the Novi Sad DP informed the NPM that it regularly repairs the moisture on the walls of the dormitories, that it required the cassettes for the prisoners personal belongings and that it took measures to place the alarm system in all dormitories. In addition, the Prison will purchase more equipment for outdoor exercises and in the following period the bathrooms in the reception and semi-open department will be adapted.

The NPM team visited the Novi Sad District Prison within the Ombudsman's Day, which was marked in this city on October 20, 2017. On the visit, the NPM compiled the Report with recommendations.

Acting on the recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), the Niš Penitentiary-Correctional Institute replaced all worn out mattresses and bedding with new ones and, in order to protect privacy during shower, placed paravans in the shared bathroom in the detention unit. In order to engage more detainees in work, the Penitentiary Institute amended the Rulebook on job classification by foresawing workplaces for detainees and informed about it the Niš High Court, while all detainees will be informed about the possibility of working engagements in the next period.

The Administration for the Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions has taken appropriate measures to increase the number of employees in the treatment and security services in the Niš Penitentiary, as well as for the purchase of new uniforms for members of the Security Service, which have not been purchased for seven years.

In addition, the Prison estimated cost of installing video surveillance in premises intended for persons who are hel by police up to 48 hours, so the Administration, in accordance with the financial possibilities, will provide the necessary funds. At the same time, the Niš Police Department informed the NPM that the citizens who are being held by police up to 48 hours and who staying in the Niš Penitentiary will be allowed to go out in the fresh air, that the means for maintaining personal hygiene will be provided to them and that an initiative has been made in order to, in the following period, according to financial and technical capabilities, adapt and equip retention rooms in PD in accordance with current standards.

The NPM visited the Niš PD and Prison within the Ombudsman's Day, held on October 16 and 17, 2017, on which it compiled reports with recommendations of measures to eliminate the observed shortcomings and to improve the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty.

The Institute should make more efforts to inform newly arrived prisoners about the manner in which their rights are exercised and their obligations, it is stated, among other things, in the Report of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) on the visit to the Padinska Skela Penitentiary-Correctional Institute, during which it monitored the acting of the Institute upon earlier sent recommendations.

The NPM noted that the Institute, acting in accordance with the recommendations, used the paravens to separate the shower areas in the common baths, in order to ensure the privacy of the prisoners during showering, and that it installed canopies in the sections for the outdoor exercise, in order to protect prisoners who are out for a walk from precipitation. On the other hand, it has not been acted upon the NPM recommendations related to the improvement of treatment of transgender persons.

NPM visited Padinska Skela Prison on December 21, 2017. The visit Report was submitted to the Prison and to the Administration for the Enforcement of Criminal Sanctions.

Acting on the recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration and the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs have provided psychological support and assistance and necessary clothes and footwear for migrants who are accommodated in the Vranje Reception Center. Transparent complaints procedures have been established in the Center and the notifications about it have been displayed in several languages. Since it is not possible to provide continuous presence of the employees of the Vranje Social Work Center (SWC), social workers of civil society organizations are present in the Center and in case of need they establish direct contact with the competent SWC.

On August 1 2017, the NPM visited the Vranje Reception Center, after which it sent recommendations to the competent authorities for the elimination of the observed shortcomings and the improvement of the conditions for the stay of migrants.