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Prevention of Torture in Serbia


Monday, March 23, 2009
Ombudsman - SerbiaOn 23 and 24 March 2009 a high-level conference, 'The Prevention of Torture in Serbia', took place in Belgrade. The event brought together approximately 100 national and international experts from different professions to address the subject matter. Participants include representatives from the UN Committee against Torture, UN Subcommittee on Prevention as well as the Council of Europe's Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights and Committee for the Prevention of Torture. The Serbian government was also heavily represented by spokespersons from the Ministries of Interior, Justice, Health, Social Policy and Human and Minority Rights.

 

Date:
23 - 24 March 2009
Place:
Belgrade, Serbia
Purpose:
On 23 and 24 March 2009 a high-level two-day conference took place in Belgrade, titled 'The Prevention of Torture in Serbia'. The event brought together approximately 100 national and international experts from different professions to address the subject matter.
Partners:

The Protector of Citizens (Ombudsman) of Serbia

Government of the Republic of Serbia

Council of Europe

OSCE Mission to Serbia

Canadian International Development Agency

Activities:
The participants included representatives from the UN Committee against Torture, UN Subcommittee on Prevention as well as the Council of Europe's Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights and Committee for the Prevention of Torture. The Serbian government was also heavily represented by spokespersons from the Ministries of Interior, Justice, Health, Social Policy and Human and Minority Rights as was civil society and the media.

As the OPCAT was a central focus of one of the event's discussions, various relevant actors were invited to speak including the Deputy Ombudsman of Serbia and representatives from Ombudsperson institutions in Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia. An APT representative was also asked to deliver a presentation in relation to the implementation of the instrument. To date, no decision has been made regarding the country's National Preventive Mechanism.
Outcome:
It is hoped that this important event will have had the effect of rekindling the national discussion in Serbia on the need to take effective measures to counter acts of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. It was notable that during the opening of the conference Minister of the Interior Ivica Dacic reiterated that that torture and ill-treatment by police officers would not be tolerated under any circumstances. It is also envisaged that the event will prompt a national debate about Serbia’s National Preventive Mechanism.
Documents:

Agenda

Conference Website

Conference Website: Photos

Contact Person:
Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer

 

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