Reports on visits

Acting on the recommendations of the NPM, sent after the visit to the Divljana Reception Centre for migrants, the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration introduces the practice in the reception centers of organizing periodic meetings between representatives of migrants and officials, in order to transfer important information and to point possible problems that exist in the center. In addition, in the Divljana Reception Centre, the problem of hot water is eliminated and in the next period it is expected that video surveillance will be installed and additional physical security provided.

Also, the Bela Palanka Center for Social Work is currently monitoring the situation on the filed and in accordance with the requirements of the Reception Centre Divljana organizes its work and visits to this Center.

NPM visited the Divljana Reception Centre in April 2017. The Report was made on this visit, with recommendations for remedying the identified shortcomings.

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Acting on the recommendations of the NPM, Correctional Institution in Sremska Mitrovica has increased the number of working convicts, solved the problem of moisture in the Pavilion on Zelengora and started setting the "panic taster" in separate rooms for visits of close persons. A procedure for issuing verification for sent writtings of detainees has resolved. The health department has acted on the recommendation concerning the review of the convicted person after the application of coercive measures in accordance with the Istanbul Protocol.

Acting on the recommendations of the Directorate for Execution of Criminal Sanctions has announced a tender for the purchase of new uniforms for members of the security services and taken measures to additional work opportunities for psychologists. Also, the Director of the Board has formed a working group for the development of existing behavioral rehabilitation and reintegration programs for prisoners and tools for risk assessment.

In order to monitor the implementation of recommendations from the report on the visit to Penitentiary Sremska Mitrovica in 2012, as well as the implementation of the recommendations of the report on the visit of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) the Republic of Serbia in 2015, NPM has visited Correctional Institution in Sremska Mitrovica 10. And May 11, 2017. About the visit was made Report with new recommendations to remedy identified deficiencies.

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Acting on the recommendations of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration provided enough spare clothing and footwear for migrants staying in the Bosilegrad Reception Centre and displayed the House Rules and information of relevance for migrants, in the languages ​​they understand, on the notice board of the Reception Centre. In order to ensure the confidentiality of data on the health status of migrants, a special locker for the storage of medical documentation was provided, which only health professionals have access to. In order to ensure protection of underage and other vulnerable groups of migrants, the Bosilegrad Social Work Centre has appointed a professional worker in charge of visits of the Reception Centre and a permanent contact with the Commissariat officials.

Although all migrants located in this Reception Centre had expressed the intention to seek asylum in Serbia, the Ministry of Interior informed the NPM that there are no migrants here in the asylum procedure nor interested in submitting such a request.

The NPM visited the Bosilegrad Reception Centre on April 4, 2017, in order to monitor the treatment of competent authorities towards migrants and asylum seekers. After the visit, recommendations for the elimination of identified deficiencies were issued to the authorities.

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The Ministry of the Interior informed the Protector of Citizens that the Asylum Office acted upon the recommendation of the NPM and that in each of the centers in Dimitrovgrad and Pirot, in the presence of an adequate translator, interviews were conducted with each migrant. According to further statements, all persons were interviewed regardless of whether they possessed the Confirmation of Expression of Intent to seek asylum or did not express such intention, and are on the list for going to Hungary.

When it comes to acting on the recommendation that the NPM sent to the Center for Social Welfare in Dimitrovgrad, it was necessary to follow-up its recommendation, given that Center informed the Protector of Citizens that there has been planned project, that will finance an expert worker who will be on a daily basis in the Center for migrants.

The NPM visited the Reception Centers in Pirot and Dimitrovgrad in February 2017, in order to monitor the authorities' treatment of migrants and asylum seekers.