Serbia - OPCAT Situation

Opcat status

OPCAT Ratification September 26, 2006
UNCAT Ratification March 12, 2001
SPT Member Mr. Kosta Mitrovic
NPM Designated

Protector of Citizens, in cooperation with the ombudsperson's offices from the autonomous provinces and human rights associations

NPM Type

Ombuds Plus Institution

NPM Legal Framework

Amendments to the Law on the Ratification of the OPCAT (28 July 2011)

Law on the the Protector of Citizens (published in the Official Gazette No. 79/2005 and 54/2007)

Serbia became a State Party to the OPCAT in 2006. Five years later, it designated the Ombudsperson's Office (Protector of Citizens) as NPM by a legislation amending the Law on the OPCAT ratification in July 2011.

The Protector of Citizens operates as NPM in formal cooperation with the ombudsperson's offices and with human rights associations. A specific NPM Department is performing the NPM functions. 

The SPT member Aneta Stanchevska is the SPT Focal Point for Serbia.