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Reports on visits

27 July 2021
On 1 April and 14 May 2021, discharging the NPM tasks, the Protector of Citizens team led by Ms. Nataša Tanjević PhD, the Deputy Protector of Citizens, has made a visit to the Penal-Correctional Institution (PCI) for Women in Požarevac in order to monitor the implementation of the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok rules). The Report with recommendations was issued to the authorities with a view to rectifying the identified shortcomings and improving the acting towards the women prisoners.

The PCI for Women and the Administration for the Enforcement of Penal Sanctions have acted upon all recommendations of the Protector of Citizens i.e. they have taken the measures to act upon them. In following the recommendations, the visits of a neuropsychiatrist to the Institution were provided more often and a proposal has been submitted to the Administration to provide for the job position of a psychiatrist for a permanent period. The new job classification envisages four new job posts for treatment officers employment. Furthermore, the Institution regulated the searches of children via in-house procedures, ensuring competence, professionalism and sensitivity and respect for their dignity during searches. The convicts were enabled to make contacts with family members even during the enforcement of solitary confinement disciplinary measure. Also, the Institution’s in-house procedures specify that children visitors are to leave the premises where the visit took place before the convict they visited, as the ending of the visit may be particularly difficult for children and parents, while seeing a parent leave upon the prison officer’s orders can make this even harder for children.

The PCI took measures to enable pregnant mothers, nursing mothers and women convicts with children to participate in the work and other activities tailored to their needs and possibilities and suggested to the Administration to extend the job classification with a kindergarten teacher job position, in order to create conditions for caring for children in the absence of immediate maternal care.

The PCI also notified the Protector of Citizens that through observing the NPM’s visit, getting acquainted with the Report on the visit and working on rectifying the identified shortcomings and improving the process of enforcing penal sanctions against women, the employees have had the opportunity to grasp the functioning of the Institution from an external, neutral, impartial and expert side which they deemed beneficial and necessary to be realized in the future.

Attachments:
Download this file (Report.pdf)Report

The Ministry of Interior informed the National Preventive Mechanism on acting upon the Recommendations from the Report on the visit to Leskovac Police Administration (PA) headquarters.

In order to implement the recommendations and improve the acting upon them, PA Leskovac submitted copies of the report to its internal organizational units, and in its response it is stated that specific activities were undertaken in order to rectify identified irregularities in the work:

- The lacking bed sheets for beds in the detention rooms were provided in the headquarters of Leskovac Police Administration and in Lebane Police Station
- it was ordered that, pursuant to the Law on Misdemeanors, the detention for up to 24 hours should be counted from the moment of exercising the police power of bringing the defendant
- the police officers were instructed to apply restraint (fixation) measures in full compliance with the applicable regulations as to not unnecessarily inflict bodily pain or injury (by excessive squeezing or otherwise) on the detainee, as well as to visit the detainees from time to time and update detention records accordingly.

It is also stated that the Police Department of the Leskovac Police Administration will carry out control and instructional activities in the coming period in order to monitor and follow-up the activities according to the ordered measures, as well as to take disciplinary measures in case of omissions.

The NPM will monitor the activities regarding the detention premises adaptation in the headquarters of the Leskovac Police Department, in Vlasotince Police Station and Lebane Police Station, for which it was stated that the works would begin in the coming period.

In September 2019, the National Preventive Mechanism paid a regular, unannounced visit to the headquarters of the Leskovac Police Administration and, based on the established facts, issued a Report on the visit with Recommendations to that body.

On December 5 and 6, 2018, the National Prevention Mechanism (NPM) team made an unannounced visit to PU Sombor, after which it made a report with recommendations.

In order to act upon the recommendation of the NPM to provide for retention rooms meeting the applicable standards for the needs of the PU Sombor and its police stations, PU Sombor has undertaken activities aimed at providing the necessary funds from the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the adaptation of detention facilities .

PU Sombor acted upon the recommended recommendation and secured the presence of police officers in the penitentiary unit Sombor when citizens stay in the premises of the Penitentiary Institution.

 

Commissariat for Refugees and Migration following the recommendation of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) informed the Ombudsman that in the Center for Asylum in Banja Koviljaca, since April of the current year beside the doctor, on half a working time is engaged and medical technician.

NPM visited the Asylum Center in Banja Koviljaca on March 5th, 2018, and a report with recommendation was made and submitted to the competent authorities.

 

Attachments:
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The Commissariat for Refugees and Migration informed the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) that the treatment of migrants who violate the order in the Obrenovac Reception Centre will be left to the police officers, who are permanently present in the Centre, and that the room used for the isolation of the offenders will be used exclusively for the accommodation of newly received migrants, until their reception procedure is carried out.

At the same time, the City of Belgrade Police Department notified the NPM about the measures taken to ensure the safety of migrants and employees in the Reception Centre.

The Obrenovac Reception Centre was visited on January 29, 2018 and the visit Report was sent to the competent authorities.

Attachments:
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