Further to media information that a number of former female seminar attendees has already reported sexual abuse experienced at Petnica Research Center, the Protector of Citizens launched own-initiative investigations to control work legality and regularity of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the educational institution.

The Protector of Citizens has requested the line ministry to notify him within 15 days whether they had any knowledge about reports of sexual harassment of Petnica seminars attendees, as well as to provide information on the manner it handled them.

The Protector of Citizens has requested Petnica Research Center to notify him within the same deadline whether the Institution’s management had any knowledge about sexual harassment of attendees by the same employee in Petnica and in what way the Institution acted in each of the reported cases.

In addition, Petnica management is to inform the Protector of Citizens whether this education facility has set up a Team for the protection against discrimination, violence, abuse and neglect and whether the Rulebook on the Protocol of Conduct in the Institution in Response to Violence, Abuse and Neglect applies in the case of learning about violence in the Institution.