Reports on visits

Acting on the recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism, representatives of the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration began with informing and advising migrants in the parks near the Faculty of Economics and the main Belgrade Bus Station Arrivals Gate (informal venues at which migrants are rallying) about care and accommodation at the Asylum Centre in Krnjača. Also, Commissariat, in cooperation with the City of Belgrade, organized transport by bus for migrants from the parks to the Centre in Krnjača. In order to enhance security of migrants and other persons in parks, police officers from the City of Belgrade Police Directorate are visiting the parks every day during 24 hours, while police patrol units, in accordance with security assessments, occasionally visit the parks.

National Preventive Mechanism visited the informal venues at which migrants are rallying in Belgrade in July of 2016, with the purpose of monitoring the treatment of migrants. After the visit, NPM made the Report with recommendations for authorities to eliminate the identified deficiencies.

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Acting on the recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism, the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration, in cooperation with organizations Group 484 and Save the Children, hired two professionals specialised in working with children in the children's corner of the Asylum Centre in Bogovađa. The Center established records of all personson on the prescribed forms, ensured the availability of an interpreter and the information that the meals fulfil the Islamic dietary requirements is visibly displayed in the dining room. Also, all medical files were transferred to the infirmary and will be available exclusively to medical staff and the authorised officials shall notify the Asylum Office of violations of the house rules.

Regarding the recommendation that the Asylum Office should register and issue identity cards for asylum seekers, Border Police informed the Ombudsman that it is necessary that the Asylum Office be promptly informed by another competent authority about the presence of persons who expressed intention and have serious intention to seek asylum, as well as on their personal data.

The National Preventive Mechanism visited the Asylum Centre in Bogovađa on 24th August 2016, on which has made a Report with recommendations for authorities to eliminate the identified deficiencies.

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Acting on the recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism, Subotica Reception Centre placed the house rules at the entrance of the administration building and in the facilities for accommodation of migrants. Commissariat for Refugees and Migration has taken measures to ensure the toilet adapted for persons with disabilities. The Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and Subotica City Social Welfare Centre, in cooperation with UNICEF, hired four field social workers in order to protect vulnerable groups of migrants who are placed in the Reception Centre.

In order to protect the security of migrants, other persons and their property, Subotica Police Directorate ensured the continued presence of uniformed police officers in the vicinity of the Reception Centre through patrol activities and officers of the Border Police Department for foreigners, combating illegal migration and human trafficking visit Reception Center at daily basis.

The NPM visited Subotica Reception Center, Horgos and Kelebija Border Crossings and Home for Children with Disabilities "Cradle" on 10. of August 2016, on which has made a Report with recommendations for authorities to eliminate the identified deficiencies.

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Acting on the recommendations of the NPM, the Administration for the enforcement of penal sanctions will improve the training of prison staff within the topic "Gender equality". The goal of training is to provide additional education at the Centre for training and professional development for prison staff in the field of standards and principles of equality and non-discrimination in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Correctional Institution in Belgrade - Padinska Skela will improve the material conditions in the facility for accomodation of misdemeanour offenders and take special measures to protect transgender persons from discrimination.
The NPM visited the Correctional Institute in Belgrade - Padinska Skela on 21. of June 2016, in order to monitor the treatment of transgender inmates, on which has made a report with recommendations for eliminating the identified deficiencies. On this occasion, interviews were conducted with two transgender women, serving a sentence of imprisonment imposed for the misdemeanour offenders in this Institution.
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Border Police informed the NPM that the Ministry of Interior in drafting by-laws and forms, which will be adopted after the adoption of the new Law on Foreigners, take into account the recommendations from the NPM report on the visit to the Shelter for Foreigners in Padinska Skela.

Acting on the recommendations of the NPM, the competent departments again requested from the Ministry of Interiorthe funds for the renovation of the premises where foreigners are staying, as well as the legal interpretation of the provisions of the Guidelines on the treatment of detainees brought in, in which has been provided for mandatory tying the person to be transported. At the same time, the NPM was informed that the Ministry does not possess the personnel, spatial and financial capacities in order to ensure a permanent presence of medical staff at the Shelter.

The NPM visited the Shelter for foreigners on 21 June 2016 and on that occasion drew up a report with recommendations.

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