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European Day of Remembrance for victims of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes is commemorated on 23 August, as the day of remembrance for the victims of totalitarian dictatorships of 20th century Europe. On this occasion, Centre for Civic Education (CCE) urges the decision-makers to commemorate this day in Montenegro as well, as a manner of permanent remembrance for the victims of political repression, and given that a considerable number of Montenegrin citizens was a victim of previous communist regime.
Montenegro had the highest percentage of political prisoners in the infamous prison on the isle of Goli in Croatia, one of the most brutal places of suffering where they severely tortured and murdered opponents of the then communist regime. To date, Montenegro has not adopted adequate legislation to rehabilitate and compensate the victims of Goli, or members of their immediate families, even though the Government made promises that it shall address this issue, to which it is also bound by the Declaration from 1992, which was adopted in the Parliament of Montenegro.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) welcomes decision of majority of Montenegrin municipalities to provide free textbooks for first year pupils and at the same time appeals to those who have not yet done so to make this decision, and to extend it to other years as well.
CCE deems it important that local community, in addition to the national level, is particularly supportive for improvement of conditions for education of all categories of the population, especially those who are just starting their educational process.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has, at the end of May, launched a campaign on social networks called European voices from Montenegro (https://www.facebook.com/euvoicesmne/?fref=ts), within the project Homo Europeanus – Overcoming deficit of knowledge about the EU.
The objective of campaign is to contribute to improving information and knowledge of citizens of Montenegro on the EU and related issues, and to stimulate debate on various aspects of European integration of Montenegro. Campaign seeks to clarify manner in which the EU works, bring closer the processes taking place within the Union, as well as trends with emphasis on situation in Montenegro and its accession to the EU. Specificity of this campaign is that citizens are provided a direct opportunity to express their opinions, beliefs, hopes, expectations as well as fears, doubts and suspicions regarding the current situation in the EU, challenges and opportunities for its future development.
On the occasion of the International Youth Day, the Centre for Civic Education points to unequal position of young people in Montenegrin society, who remain on margins of decision-making process, although, according to the latest census in 2011, young people aged 15 to 29 make 21.4% of the total population.
Earlier studies have shown that young people predominantly believe that they are being manipulated (33%), while 21% of respondents believe that minimal effort is being invested in order to be able to offer the same possibilities that adults have, and even 20% finds that young people represent only a “decoration in society”. Youth participation is one of guiding principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is an important factor in the process of democratization and socio-economic development of every country.