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  • SEE NPM Network - Chair 2016

    In March 2013 the National Preventive Mechanisms (NPMs) of Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia established the so-called South-East Europe (SEE) NPM Network in Belgrade. The network’s purpose is the exchange of experience and the mutual support regarding the implementation of the NPM mandate specified in the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) in the region. The network provides a forum where knowledge and experiences regarding human rights standards and monitoring are shared.

    In October 2013 the Austrian Ombudsman Board in its role as NPM joined the network. The NPM of Bulgaria followed in May 2014.

    The members of the SEE NPM Network consult each other with practical questions that arise during their monitoring work. Twice a year network meetings are organized by one of its members. The network also formed two working groups. Currently the Medical Working Group is chaired by Prof. Siroos Mirzaei of the Austrian NPM. The head of the Legal Working Group is Mr. Mario Kresic of the Croatian NPM.

    In November 2015 the Albanian NPM handed over the presidency to Austria.

    The first meeting chaired by Austria was held on 21 and 22 April 2016 in Salzburg in cooperation with the Austrian Institute of Human Rights.

    The second meeting took place between 10 and 12 October 2016 in Vienna where the network members also conducted a joint monitoring visit.

    Since January 2017 the SEE NPM Network is chaired by the Serbian NPM for the following 12 months.

     

    For further details regarding the SEE NPM Network, please feel free to contact see@volksanwaltschaft.gv.at.

     

     

  • SEE NPM Meeting in Vienna - 10-12 October 2016

    On this page you find further information and material on the SEE NPM network meeting "Homes for the elderly/care institutions and dementia – standards in health care and medication-based deprivation of liberty” which was held in Vienna in October 2016.

  • SEE NPM Meeting in Salzburg - 21/22 April 2016

    On this page you will find further information and material on the SEE NPM network meeting "Homes for the elderly/care institutions and dementia – standards in health care and medication-based deprivation of liberty” which was held in Salzburg.

  • All previous meetings of the network

    13/14 December 2016, Belgrade – "Protection of the Human Rights of Refugees and Migrants in den Countries of South-East Europe - Preventive Approach"

    29/30 November 2016, Zagreb – "Conference of National Preventive Mechanisms of the South-East Europe Network": in particular: "Implementation of the UN Mandela Rules", "Role of NPMs in protection of refugees and migrants" 

    10-12 October 2016, Vienna – "Homes for the elderly/care institutions and dementia – standards in health care and medication-based deprivation of liberty”

    21/22 April 2016, Salzburg – "Homes for the elderly/care institutions and dementia – standards in health care and medication-based deprivation of liberty”

    29/30 October 2015, Tirana – Legal Workshop on „ Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Return Migrants Treatment in South East Europe “

    29/30 June 2015, Tirana – Medical Workshop on “Health Care Access of People Deprived from Freedom in the SEE Region”

    27/28 November 2014, Belgrade – OPCAT Forum on “Preventive Approach to the Eradication of Torture”

    20/21 October 2014, Skopje – Medical Workshop on “Monitoring of psychiatric establishments”

    26/27 May 2014, Ljubljana – Legal Workshop on Reporting

    24/25 October 2013, Belgrade – Medical Workshop

    26 March 2013, Belgrade – Establishment of the network

  • Chairs

    2017 – Serbia

    2016 – Austria

    2015 – Albania

    2013/2014 – Slovenia