Diplomas given to participants of the Democracy School

In the hall of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) diplomas were ceremoniously presented to participants of XXII generation of Democracy School, which is organized by the CCE with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Diplomas were given to the participants who have successfully completed the programme, by Daliborka Uljarević, the Executive Director of the CCE and Nikola Đonović, the School Coordinator.

The aim of the School is to contribute to raising the overall level of democratic culture in Montenegro through informing and educating students about democracy, its values and ways of its implementation.

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International Human Rights Day – a reminder of how much more must be done in human rights protection

Centre for Civic Education (CCE), on the occasion of 10 December – the International Human Rights Day – indicates that the Montenegrin institutions need to be a lot more dedicated to promotion, advocacy and protection of human rights of all citizens.

During 2013, Montenegro has achieved certain positive progress in the area of human rights, especially rights of the LGBT community. Namely, the Government of Montenegro has adopted the Strategy for improving the quality of life for LGBT people until 2018 and provided a safe maintenance of two Pride Parades – in Budva and Podgorica. However, the level of homophobia amongst citizens is still high, violence and hate speech against individuals from the LGBT community continues, and the responsible institutions have not done enough to prosecute these crimes. Furthermore, discrimination against persons with disabilities and RAE population, particularly in terms of economic and social rights, as well as under-representation of women in decision-making process, remain problems for which Montenegrin state has not enough understanding.

In addition, attacks on journalists have continued, as well as practice of unperformed investigation or inadequate prosecution, which, along the discrimination against those media which are critically reporting on the work of the Government by the government institutions themselves, are affecting the restriction of freedom of expression.

Scientific arguments against prejudice

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has organized a presentation of the analysis “Montenegrin education policy and sexual orientation: representation of LGBT topics in school curricula and textbooks” by Aleksandar Saša Zeković, MA, today. The analysis was produced through the project “Campaign for raising awareness in schools”, implemented by the CCE within the framework of the LGBT Project of the Council of Europe, and with the financial assistance of the Federal government of Belgium, whereas the co-publishers of the publication are the CCE and the LGBT Forum Progress.

Ms Tamara Milaš, Programme Associate in the CCE, Ms Marijana Laković, Deputy Ombudsman, PhD Jovan Kojičić, Adviser to the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Ms Tamara Milić, Adviser at the Ministry of Education and the author himself – Mr Aleksandar Saša Zeković, MA, spoke at the promotion.

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Additionl efforts needed for efficient and effective fight against corruption

Centre for Civic Education (CCE), on the occasion of 9 December – the International Anti-Corruption Day – appeals to the authorities and institutions that are in charge for the implementation of the anti-corruption laws to fully and objectively apply all existing mechanisms to face this problem that significantly burdens the development of Montenegrin society.

The CCE notes that a lack of political will and inadequate implementation of the necessary measures is still apparent, as well as the lack of administrative and other capacities of responsible institutions in the fight against this problem. »

ID Vijesti supports Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival 2013

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) soon, for the fourth time, organizes Fast Forward Human Rights Film Festival with a more diverse and quality programme. Excellent response and interest, primarily of young people, who in this way learn about human rights, encouraged CCE team to further develop this initiative in programme and technical aspect. In this regard, the CCE has signed a new agreement on cooperation with the independent daily Vijesti.

Daliborka Uljarević, executive director of the CCE and Željko Ivanović, executive director of the ID Vijesti signed a contract, which was created as an expression of understanding of both sides that an intensive communication and cooperation among all stakeholders is required in contributing to the establishment of the human rights culture. This especially refers to the cooperation between the media and non-governmental organizations, which besides the institutions may significantly affect the improvement of this framework. Based on the contract, ID Vijesti will devote media attention and provide representation of the Festival in its regular reporting, promote Festival by its with announcement, participate in the work of the Festival Council through their representative and assist in other related activities of organization of this unique Festival in Montenegro. CCE will present ID Vijesti in the promotional material publicized by the Festival and provide exclusive rights to interviews with Festival guests and media sponsorship of the print media. »