Access to detention facilities


Country Report: Access to detention facilities Last updated: 02/05/22


Nikola Kovačević

UNHCR has unimpeded access to all persons under its mandate, including in detention.[1] NGOs specialised in asylum and migration issues are also entitled to have access to all the persons who enjoy the status of asylum seeker.[2] Access to asylum seekers detained at the airport could be restricted, when that is necessary for protecting national security and ensuring public order in the Republic of Serbia.[3] BCHR and APC are the only CSOs who visited the Detention Centre in Padisnka Skela in 2021. Usually, the visits are conducted upon the invitation of the management, and when a foreigner express his intention to apply for asylum.[4]




[1] Articles 5(2), 14, 36(5), 41(3) and 56(4) Asylum Act.

[2] Articles 36(5), 41(2), 56(3) and (4) Asylum Act.

[3] Article 41(3) Asylum Act.

[4] BCHR conducted 8 visits to Detention Center in 2020.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection