By visiting the “Major Milan Tepić” barracks in Jakovo, the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture started the practice of visiting barracks in which a disciplinary sanction is imposed banning the abandonment of special premises in a military facility.

Seeing how special premises for disciplinary sanctions are places where the persons deprived of their liberty are or may be, in this case the members of the Army, the NPM also introduces visits to barracks in its regular activities in order to strengthen the protection, if necessary, against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment of such persons and the protection of their position. The NPM derives such mandate and authority from domestic and international regulations, which provide, among other things, that the Protector of Citizens, together with the National Assembly and other state bodies, also exercises civilian control of the military.

The first visit was realized with a positive response from the Ministry of Defense and the establishment of the necessary cooperation between the institution and the state body. The NPM team members received the requested information during the visit, the barracks commander and other members of the Serbian Armed Forces answered all questions from the NPM team and allowed them to visit special premises where disciplinary sanctions preventing the abandonment of the facility are being enforced, as well as access to records.

The visit to the Jakovo barracks is the first of 15 planned visits to the barracks with special premises for the execution of disciplinary sanctions, which will be implemented by the NPM by the end of the year and after that a summary, comprehensive report will be made on the position of persons who have been imposed disciplinary sanctions and the conditions found in the premises where that sanction is enforced.

The NPM team visited today Police Station Velika Plana, which is a part of the Police Administration in Smederevo.

During the unannounced, the NPM team members accomplished successful cooperation with police officers, who provided the insight into the requested documentation in the files on detention of persons and in the files referring to the application of the means of coercion. They were also provided with the conversation with police officers as well as the visit to the premises for detention of persons, there are two of them at the station and during this visit NPM team members did not find any person in detention.

In compliance with the established practice, NPM shall make a report on the paid visit and issue to the competent persons corresponding recommendation.

The Protector of Citizens Zoran Pašalić attended yesterday the opening ceremony of the Serbian Cultural Center “Kolo” at the border village Morahalom in Hungary, which was built within the project of cross-border cooperation of Serbia and Hungary, and soon the Hungarian Cultural Center will be opened in Palić. The project was supported by the European Union with 3.2 million euros.

The main goal of the project “Multicolored cooperation” is the comprehensive strengthening of the cross-border relations of two peoples, regardless of their borderlines and this institution shall provide the constant and interesting content of the cooperation for the people of both countries, it was said at the opening.

The officials of Serbia and Hungary were present at the yesterday ceremony and agreed that the relations of Serbia and Hungary are at exceptionally high level and getting better from day to day.
The Serbian Cultural Center “Kolo” in Morahalom should be the center of Balkan culture at this part of Hungary and the place of cultural cooperation of artists on both sides of the border. It will have the role of the new bridge of cooperation between two countries and nations and institute for cultivating and strengthening of cultural values.

The NPM team visited yesterday two health care institutions in Niš. The visit was paid to the Psychiatric Clinic of the Clinical Center Niš after it was announced and in accordance with the plan of visits for 2019, while the visit to the Center for Mental Health at the Clinical Center Niš was visited by NPM members without previous announcement.

Apart from the representatives of the Protector of Citizens, the NPM team included the doctor specialist of psychiatry, representative of the association International Assistance Network (IAN).

Both these institutions were visited by the NPM for the first time with the aim of observing the position of patients, exercise and promotion of their rights and special attention was paid to the conditions in which they are accommodated, the reception procedure, and the treatment of agitated patients. The heads and employees of both institutions cooperated with the NPM team and enabled them to implement the visit in compliance with entrusted competences and mandate. The NPM shall execute reports and issue necessary recommendations to competent persons on completed visits.

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