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Serbia - OPCAT Situation

Updated 06.02.2017

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.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification September 26, 2006
UNCAT Ratification March 12, 2001
SPT Member Mr Kosta Mitrovic (2017-2020)
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)

Population 7 351 374
Area (sq km) 77 474
Number of prisons 28
Prison population 10 226
Quick links

Communication to the SPT: Official Correspondence from Serbia (4 January 2008)

UPR: Report of the Working Group (March 2013)

CAT: Concluding Observations (January 2009)

CPT: Visit Report (May-June 2015) and latest visit in May-June 2017 (news flash)

Commissioner for Human Rights (Council of Europe): Report (October 2008)