Preventive Mechanism

The National Preventive Mechanism is an independent mechanism, one of the main responsibilities of which is to conduct regular visits to institutions where people are or may be subject to restrictions of liberty, with the aim of preventing risks of ill-treatment. These institutions include orphanages, nursing homes, psycho-neurological hospitals, prisons, accommodation facilities for detained foreigners and asylum seekers. Prevention visits assess such aspects as accessibility of the environment, privacy, the right to meet and establish contact with loved ones, leisure opportunities, provision of walks in the open air, documentation of social care and rehabilitation plans.

Example: My grandmother lives in a nursing home, it’s hard for her to move independently. The staff has not helped her to go out for a walk in over 2 weeks.

More information about the National Preventive Mechanism.