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Reports

The Ministry of Health informed the NPM that projects for complete reconstruction of buildings that are in the worst condition in the Special Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases in Kovin were completed. The mentioned reconstructions will also include smaller rooms with fewer beds, to comply with the standards, and to follow the recommendations of the NPM. Likewise, following the recommendations of the NPM, people using wheelchairs or some other aids were moved to a new department located on the ground floor, which allowed them to stay out of the building everyday.

The Ministry of Health and the Hospital have informed the Protector of Citizens to act upon the recommendation of the NPM that all patients sign a written consent for the application of the medical measure, and that the treating physician provides the patient and his legal representative with all necessary information on the treatment. After the visit of the NPM, a professional collegium of doctors was held in which it was ordered to avoid long-term fixations.

In order to monitor the treatment of previously adressed recommendations, the NPM visited the Special Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases in Kovin in June 2018. After the visit, the Hospital and the Ministry of Health were sent a visit report with another 10 recommendations for improving patient treatment.

The Ombudsman, performing the activities of the National Preventive Mechanism, visited the Novi Pazar District Prison on August 21, 2018, in order to monitor the treatment of recommendations from the Report on visit to the Novi Pazar Prison from 2017. During this visit, it was determined that the Prison has acted upon most of the recommendations from the previous year's Report. Also, in order to further improve the treatment of persons deprived of liberty, the NPM issued two new recommendations.

Acting upon these recommendations, the Prison informed the NPM that in the future, all documents about the injuries of newly received persons and their allegations will be submitted to the competent public prosecutor's office. Also, the Prison labeled the mail box for submitting requests for confidential interviews with the manager, so that convicts could contact him also in this way.

The Penal Correctional Institution in Belgrade - Padinska Skela, acting on the recommendations of the NPM, in its proposal for the financial plan for 2019 anticipated the funds needed for reconstruction of the entire semi-open pavilion and accommodation on the Economy, improvement of artificial lighting in the Institution, replacement of linen, as well as procurement fridge. The Institution has acted on recommendations related to the improvement of legal protection and treatment of persons deprived of their liberty, as well as the majority of recommendations related to their healthcare.

The Administration for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions informed the Ombudsman that in accordance with the recommendations of the NPM, he will try to improve the accommodation conditions, as well as to provide funds for improving the video surveillance in the Institution. However, the Administration informed the NPM that they will inform the Institute of the possibility of obtaining the consent of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Commission for granting consent for new employment and additional working engagement with the beneficiaries of public funds in connection with the employment of a sufficient number of medical technicians in the Institution.

The NPM was visited by the Penal Correctional Institution in Belgrade - Padinska Skela on June 20 and 21, 2018. The Report on the visit with recommendations for removing the observed shortcomings and improving the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty was delivered to the Institution.

In accordance with the recommendations of the NPM, the Administration for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions, in accordance with the development of the system of enforcement of criminal sanctions, takes measures to provide the appropriate facility for the accommodation of persons deprived of their liberty, bearing in mind that the current prison building does not meet the applicable standards of accommodation. In addition, in order to ensure the continuous presence of medical staff in the Prison and the availability of health care, the new job classification will include the position of a doctor and two medical technicians, while the Ministry of Health has performed extraordinary inspection supervision regarding the treatment of NPM recommendations. In the following period, it is planned to fill the position of lawyer at the Institute.

In order to improve the housing conditions of persons deprived of their liberty, the Prison replaced the worn mattress with new ones, and the Administration for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions requested funds to install video surveillance in the female facility, while the Prison plans funds with the purpose of providing a room for visits of close persons and conditions for exercising - sports activities. In order to respect the rights of persons deprived of their liberty, the Prison will in the future inform the family members or other close people about the admission of each new prisoner, and the duration of the visit of a person deprived of liberty will be at least 1 hour. Due to the poor architectural solution of the building, the Prison informed the NPM that it is currently not possible for the prisoners from group V and the detainees to be engaged.

The NPM visited the District prison in Uzice on April 19 and 20, 2018, after which the Report on visit with recommendations for removing the observed shortcomings and improving the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty was deliverd to the Prison.

Acting on the recommendations of the NPM, the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration informed the NPM that special attention was paid to the nutrition of migrants in reception centers, and that the correctness and quality of the same are controlled by the national authorities. They further state that the reception centers have improved the practice of recording and sharing wardrobes and other items from donations to migrants.

The commissariat also stated that together with the decrease in the number of migrants, the centers significantly improved the hygiene of the common rooms.

In April and May 2018, NPM visited 8 Reception Centers in Serbia - Preševo, Bosilegrad, Bujanovac, Vranje, Principovac, Adaševci, Divljana and Pirot, and on this occasion sent recommendations for improving the position of migrants.