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Ombudsman notes lack of adequate detention facilities

26.07.2016 10:43
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The Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman has highlighted in a special report the problem of inadequate spacial capacities at institutions responsible for persons deprived of their liberty. Issues were also discovered in the treatment of vulnerable groups at such institutions.

Presenting the findings of the National Preventive Mechanism against torture and maltreatment of persons deprived of their liberty for 2015, the office's representatives said on Tuesday that the lack of capacities led to individuals sometimes being moved from centre to centre.

There are also problems at all institutions when it comes to proper care for those with special needs, such as children, the elderly and disabled.

"Prisoners with impaired movement abilities cannot go for walks," Deputy Human Rights Ombudsman and head of the mechanism Ivan Šelih said at a news conference in Ljubljana.

Šelih said that no cases of torture had been discovered, while there were instances of maltreatment, such as putting individuals in overcrowded rooms.

Moreover, those detained have no chances of getting occupied and are forced to spend 22 hours in a single space.

The Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman also pointed to an increase in disorders and violence in youth correctional centres, with Ombudsman Vlasta Nussdorfer speaking of a shortage of youth psychiatrists.

Together with NGOs, the National Preventive Mechanism team last year visited 67 locations with persons deprived of their liberty, such as police stations, prisons, and juvenile centres.

A total of 600 recommendations were issued, more than 200 of which have already been put into practice and 300 more accepted.

The Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman started implementing the mechanism, which is part of a UN-organised system, in 2006.

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