The problem is the state, which lacks the institutional setup that would make us all equal before the law and accountable for our actions. This is why in Montenegro “the rule of law” is an oxymoron. Parties and individuals toying with the state and its future are, on the other hand, just a daily fix of irony for citizens’ amusement.
Oxymoron is a word of Greek origin, representing a figure of speech forged from two contradictory terms: oxys (sharp) and moros (dull), freely translated into something like “sharpwitted folly”. We come across them every day: “nearly perfect”, “living dead”, “public secret”, “a little too much”… A popular and striking stylistic device, oxymoron rose to fame in the era of romanticism and modernism, leaving its mark on many great literary works.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) wants to raise the issue of arbitrary detention and the lack of responsibility of authorities, on the basis of very specific indicators that we got using the option of free access to information. Harmful effects of arbitrary deprivation of liberty, have a special significance for the direct victims, but also for all citizens of Montenegro.
Using the provision of the Free Access to Information Law, CCE has asked the Ministry of Justice for the precise information about the number of filed claims for damage compensation for arbitrary deprivation of liberty during the period of 1 January 2009 until 31 December 2012, the number of signed agreements on that basis, as well as the total amount from the budget of Montenegro paid to persons for whom has been determined that they have been unreasonably deprived of their liberty.
Croatian President Ivo Josipovic, President of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov and President of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic appointed their personal envoys for RECOM who will participate in the Regional Expert Group to review the Draft Statute proposed by the Coalition for RECOM and constitutional-legal options for foundation of the RECOM. The meeting of the personal envoys of the presidents of the states, with the participation of representatives of the Coalition for RECOM, will be held under the auspices of one of the heads of states, without the presence of the media.
President Josipovic appointed Zlata Djurdjevic, professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Zagreb for his personal envoy for RECOM. President Ivanov has delegated Luben Arnaudoski, Deputy Secretary General for legal and organizational affairs within his Office, and President Vujanovic appointed his adviser in the field of human rights and minorities professor Sonja Tomovic-Sundic, who is also the dean of the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Montenegro.
CCE and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung publicise AN ADVERTISEMENT for participants of the XXI generation of
- school for learning democracy from theory to practice -
School comprises 5 modules lasting totally four months. The courses will be held once or twice a week for two hours. All expenses are covered by the foundation Friedrich Ebert and the Centre for Civic Education, with obligation of the participants to attend not less than 80% of the programme. Upon finishing of the School the participants shall receive a certificate and be eligible for further educational development.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) today signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Supreme Court of Montenegro, the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme State Prosecution in order to implement the project “Monitoring of court cases related to corruption offenses”.
The Memorandum is an expression of understanding of all parties that for the purpose of establishing the rule of law, an active participation, more direct cooperation and coordination of all segments of society in the fight against corruption is needed. In addition, it underlines the importance of the monitoring by civil society with the objective of having judicial and prosecutorial organizations as responsible, professional, efficient and transparent.