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Revised methodology of NPM Serbia enables better monitoring of human rights’ protection at places of detention

Serbia 23 November 2021
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Revised methodology of NPM Serbia enables better monitoring of human rights’ protection at places of detention

After eight months (March-November 2021) of diligent work on updating and improving operational procedures and working methodology of Serbian National Preventive Mechanism (NPM), Council of Europe and NPM team jointly completed the revision of Serbian NPM methodology in November 2021.

During the revision process, particular attention was paid to the CPT findings and recommendations, which are reflected not only in the methodology, but also in new questionnaires for visiting all places of detention. Detailed and comprehensive questionnaires were developed for NPM visits to prisons, police detention units and stations, psychiatric hospitals, social care homes and migration facilities.

The support of the Council of Europe to Serbian NPM will enable better monitoring of the NPM and independent bodies over all detention places and, overall, better protection of the human rights of persons deprived of their liberty on some grounds, not only of Serbian citizens, but also foreigners. Consequently, the NPM staff will be equipped to fulfil their mandate more effectively and efficiently prepare, conduct, and report on monitoring visits to all places of detention.

The support to NPM was provided in the framework of the Project “Enhancing Human Rights Protection for Detained and Sentenced Persons in Serbia”, co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe within the framework of Horizontal Facility for Western Balkans and Turkey II.