The CCE estimates that selection of candidates to the Constitutional Court by the Constitutional Committee is directly contrary to spirit of the constitutional amendments that were adopted in July 2013, as part of the obligations that Montenegro as the state has in the process of accession to the EU.
The adoption of these amendments has been welcomed by the European Commission’s Progress Report for 2013, with the estimation that the ammendments strengthen the independence of the judiciary by reducing the political influence on the appointment of judicial officials through more transparent and merit-based procedures. However, precisely the process of appointment of the Constitutional Court’s judges, which is being finalized, has completely rendered meaningless this commendation of the European Commission. The media have already reported about the party agreement which result is that all political groups in the Parliament have acquired their “own judge.” Thus, a message was sent even to handful of independent candidates who believed that process of radical reforms begins – that nothing is actually being changed, and that as the basic qualification still remains party affiliation or party connections.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) condemns the latest, last night’s, attack on the redaction of the daily “Vijesti”, which is more dangerous than any previous similar and calls again the state authorities to finally start doing their job professionally and to create conditions in which the media critcizing Government and people close to them will not be exposed to life danger because of such their work.
CCE assess that this is an extremely concerning message for Montenegro and that it can influence a slowdown of the process of negotiations with the European Union, which perhaps can be the objective of someone in the Government. Violence escalates due to the obvious unwillingness and limitations of the bodies in charge to produce results in investigation within one comprehensive and effective action that will lead to the protection of journalists and their redactions. In that manner, they are converted them to targets, and the Government itself, the State Supreme Prosecutor and the Police Directorate are becoming direct accomplices by its lack of action.
CCE believes that this is not just an attack on the redaction of “Vijesti”, but also to all those who are opponents of the regime and that a similar kind of pressure can be expected in the coming period in various forms. Climate is systemic created by government bodies, by powerful political and criminal circles close to them, helped by eligible media and NGOs so that everyone who has the courage to continiously critically reflect would be sufficiently intimidated or completely prevented from doing his/her job.
The Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has organized today a panel discussion on How can we promote the rights of marginalized groups? – Echo of the Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival 2013.
The panel discussion was opened by Daliborka Uljarević, the CCE executive director, who has also moderated the conversation, referring to the Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival 2013, which was held for the fourth time in the period of 17-20 December 2013 at the Montenegrin National Theatre. She spoke about pluralism of civil society’s efforts to place the human rights of marginalized groups on the social agenda. “It is precisely through the Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival that we promote the universality and causality of the condition of human rights at the national, regional and local level. Films are bringing closer together experiences of a variety of government and social organizations, alerting, educating and promoting the need to fight for human rights. Art is a universal language, a universal value, such as human rights are, so I would be inclined to say that fight for human rights is as old as art – namely, that they are impossible to separate, and thus this Festival has a special significance for the promotion of human rights in Montenegro“, emphasized Uljarević.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and Canadian Embassy
invite you at the panel discussion:
How can we affirm rights of marginalized groups?
- echo of the Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival 2013 -
Tuesday, 24 December 2013, 12:00-13:30
Centre for Civic Education Hall, Podgorica
Danijel Kalezić, President of the Managing Board of Queer Montenegro
Maja Raičević, Executive Director of the Centre for Women’s Rights
Nada Drobnjak, President of the Gender Equality Board in the Parliament of Montenegro
Doc. dr Maja Bogojević, dean of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Donja Gorica and film theorist
Moderator of the discussion: Daliborka Uljarević, Executive Director of the CCE
Panel discussion is open for all interested citizens.