Discrimination in the legal framework and Montenegrin reality – how to improve the current state of affairs?

Centre for civic education (CCE) on behalf of the Coalition for equality STEP


call for representatives of NGOs to apply for participation at the seminar

Discrimination in the legal framework and Montenegrin reality
- how to improve the current state of affairs?

The seminar will be held from 22 to 24 November 2013 in the hall of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE). The organizer will cover all expenses for selected candidates, with their obligation to participate in the entire programme. Participants will work with professional lecturers who will, in a combination of theoretical and practical approaches, address existing legal and institutional framework in Montenegro in the field of protection against discrimination, with focus on some specific areas and case studies, as well as basic techniques in formulating project ideas and project management in the field.

The three days long seminar is part of the regional project “Civil society networking on critical values of human rights in Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo”, which is financially supported by the European Commission, with the aim of providing support to civil society organizations in the three neighbouring countries of the Western Balkans in addressing common challenges in human rights violations and networking to consolidate political and legal solutions for these issues. More specifically, the project activities are related to the improvement of the position and rights of the LGBT community, empowerment of women in political and social life and the monitoring of prosecution of discrimination cases.

The project is implemented by the Coalition for Equality STEP composed of: Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, CHRIS – The Network of the Committees for Human Rights in Serbia and Gay Straight Alliance from Serbia; Youth Initiative for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Centre from Kosovo; Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and the LGBT Forum Progress from Montenegro.

Interested candidates can apply no later than 20 November 2013 until 15:00, sending the following documents to the email info@cgo-cce.org: brief information about the organization they are working in, CV and motivation letter.

Number of places available for participants is limited!

It is still necessary to fight against various expressions of fascism

On the occasion of the International Day against fascism, antisemitism and xenophobia, which is celebrated on 9 November all over Europe, Centre for civic education (CCE) recalls the need for constant work on building society released from all forms of hatred, which has led to armed conflict and claimed thousands of lives in our region not so long ago, but that is expressed towards certain social groups even today in Montenegro.

Montenegro is deeply involved into process of European integration and development of democratic society with full respect for human rights, but fascism and xenophobia are not our past. On the contrary, these are coming back more frequently in different forms, which should serve as warning to all citizens of Montenegro to actively participate in the fight against intolerance, discrimination, nationalism and hatred directed toward an individual or group differences. »

SOS line for reporting corruption to inspection bodies launched

Centre for Civic Education (CCE), within the framework of the project “Through the inspection against the corruption!”, implemented with the support of the Criminal Justice Civil Society Program (CJCSP), funded by the US State Department, launched the SOS line for reporting corruption to inspection bodies.

All citizens, as well as legal entities, can report concrete examples of corruptive acts, which are within the domain of work of inspection bodies, directly to the CCE by calling 020/665-112 during working days from 8 am to 4 pm, or by calling Administration for Inspection Affairs by calling 080/555-555, every day for 24 hours. »

Diplomas given to participants of Human Rights School

By formal diploma ceremony in the PR Centre in Podgorica, XVIII generation of the Human Rights School, organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ended its programme.

 CGO - Škola ljudskih prava, XVIII generacija, septembar - oktobar 2013.

Diplomas were handed to the participants by Daliborka ULJAREVIĆ, executive director of the CCE, who on that occasion noticed that “Montenegro is still not a society of a culture of human rights, and that one of the causes is in the present human rights violations, as well as in lack of adequate response of institutions and lack of knowledge of citizens about what rights they have and how to stand for them.” Further, she stated that “by human rights education Montenegro gets active citizens with developed democratic consciousness, who will contribute to limitation of arbitrariness of individuals and professionalism of institutions in charge for protection of human rights.” »

Montenegrin premiere of the documentary “The majority starts here” aroused great interest of youth

The Montenegrin premiere of the documentary “The majority starts here” held today in Podgorica, was organized by the Centre for civic education (CCE) and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN). Screening of the film was followed by panel discussion led by Mirela Rebronja, programme coordinator at CCE, and, at the end, participants of the XVIII generation of Human rights school were awarded diplomas.

CGO - Crnogorska premijera dokumentarnog filma Većina počinje ovde, 30. oktobar 2013, Podgorica

Film “The majority starts here” produced by BIRN and directed by Lode Desmet, mainly deals with issues such as how much young generation in the countries of the region know about the past and war years with which they are linked only with memories from early childhood, and whether nowadays they should talk about it, or if they assess that these topics should be put aside for the sake of the future. This documentary follows up the journey of six young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo through the countries of the former Yugoslavia. During the trip they were researching how the conflicts of the past, during which they were too young to be fully understand, influenced their present as well as the future. Along the way, face to face, they were in touch with various witnesses of the past, war veterans, refugees, staunch nationalists and activists who advocate for reconciliation. »