With the Law on Ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, it is prescribed that the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture (NPM) conducts visits to institutions where detainees may or may not be held, with the aim of discouraging state bodies and officers from any form of torture or any other form of abuse, as well as directing state bodies towards creating accommodation and other living conditions in institutions that hold detainees that are in line with current regulations and standards.

Human Rights
0 The report on the visit of informal gathering places of refugees / migrants – number 5

On January 15th 2016 a team consisting of Momcilo Zivadinovic and Ana J. Jovanovic, along with an interpreter for Arabic, visited the Adasevci shelter for refugees and migrants in Sid.

At the time of our visit the center was also host to Alaksandar Vulin, minister of labor in the Government of Serbia, Michel Sen Lot, UNICEF representative, Michael Devenport, chief of the EU delegation in Serbia, as well as Hristos Stilijanides, EU commissioner for humanitarian aid and management of emergency situations, on the occasion of the opening of the new mother-child section at the shelter, where infants can be changed and fed which also features a games room for the children of the refugees/migrants.

0 OSCE Mission to Serbia, ODIHR and civil society partners to follow elections of prosecutors

The OSCE Mission to Serbia, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the civil society organization Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM) will monitor on 1 December 2015 the elections of prosecutors to the Serbia’s State Prosecutorial Council (SPC).

The SPC is the body of prosecutorial self-administration. Six of the eleven SPC members, all prosecutors, are chosen through a process of peer election that is subject to approval by the National Assembly.

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