CONTENT
1.

OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL PREVENTIVE MECHANISM (NPM) .................... 5
1.1.

Mandate and understanding of the mandate ...................................................... 5

1.2.

Developments within the NPM in the reporting year ............................................ 7
1.2.1.

Monitoring framework, methodology and recommendations
of the NPM .......................................................................................... 7

1.2.2.

Database for NPM reports installed ....................................................... 8

1.2.3.

The NPM’s public relations concept........................................................ 8

1.3.

Personnel changes in the commissions ................................................................ 9

1.4.

Second shadow monitoring for NPM ..................................................................... 10

1.5.

Monitoring and control visits in numbers .............................................................. 11

1.6.

Budget ..................................................................................................................... 14

1.7.

Human resources ................................................................................................... 15
1.7.1.

Personnel ................................................................................................. 15

1.7.2.

Commissions of the Austrian Ombudsman Board ................................ 15

1.7.3.

Human Rights Advisory Council .............................................................. 17

1.8.

Reports of the commissions ................................................................................... 19

1.9.

International collaboration and cooperation ......................................................... 21
1.9.1.

SEE Network / presidency of the Austrian NPM in 2016 ........................ 21

1.9.2.

NPM Network meeting in Vienna ........................................................... 22

1.9.3.

NPM workshop in Riga for ombudsman institutions ............................. 23

1.9.4.

Macedonia: EU twinning project ............................................................. 23

1.9.5.

Bilateral contacts and support provided ................................................ 24

1.10. Report of the Human Rights Advisory Council ....................................................... 25

2.

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ........................................................... 27
2.1.

2.2.

2.3.

Retirement and nursing homes.............................................................................. 27
2.1.1.

Introduction .............................................................................................. 27

2.1.2.

System-related problem areas ............................................................... 31

Hospitals and psychiatric institutions and facilities ............................................... 44
2.2.1.

Introduction .............................................................................................. 44

2.2.2.

System-related problem areas ............................................................... 49

Child and youth welfare facilities ........................................................................... 59

Select target paragraph3