Human rights school – XVII generation

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) is publishing an ADVERTISMENT for XVII generation of the

HUMAN RIGHTS SCHOOL

- school for learning human rights from theory to practice-

School comprises 3 modules in total of one intensive week with numerous lectures, workshops, film screenings and theater forums which will offer an opportunity to learn and discuss various topics concerning human rights. All costs related to the Scholl are covered by the CCE, with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the regional project of human rights education in the Western Balkans.

Human rights school provides broad theoretical and practical knowledge on concept of human rights, affirms the culture of human rights, inspiring and motivating people to stand for their rights, as well as for those who are not able to do that on their own and to empower them to have more direct influence within society in future.

Right to apply have all interested candidates aged 16-19 years, regardless of gender, nationality, religion or belief, with the indication that advantage is given to the offspring of political parties, nongovernmental organizations activist, youth leaders, volunteers, students and individuals who demonstrate a high degree of social activism.

Expert lecturers will be working with the participants through the presentations, workshops and film screenings dealing with broad spectrum of human rights issues.

Upon finishing of the School the participants shall receive a certificate and be eligible for further educational development.

If you are want to know, to listen the others, to understand those who are different, and you are open, courageous, concern about the environment in which you are leaving and eager to contribute to the development of culture of human rights in Montenegro, Human rights school is the choice for you!

All interested candidates may submit their application with short biography not later than 30. September 2013, on the address:

Centre for Civic Education
(for “Human Rights School”)
Njegoševa 36, I floor, 81 000 Podgorica
Tel/fax: 020 / 665 112
Email: info@cgo-cce.org

Professional training in the Government of Hungary

Vladimir Vučković, programme assistant at the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), is the winner of the scholarship programme Ballas Balint 2013 which refers to the professional training within the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration of the Republic of Hungary.

Scholarship programme Ballas Balint is initiated by Tibor Navracsics, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and Public Administration of the Republic of Hungary few years ago, and Vladimir Vučković is the first winner of this prestigious and very useful scholarship from Montenegro. From 16 September to 16 December 2013, in the framework of this programme, he will have professional practice in the Hungarian Government and consequently the opportunity to get familiar with the functioning of the state administration of one of the European Union member state, and later on with that knowledge and experience help further development of the CCE programmes. »

Prosecutors should act more responsibly in their work

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) believes that the suspension of criminal proceedings against Milo Kadija, charged with discrimination based on ethnicity and religion, because of failure to appear of representative of the Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office of Cetinje, who was authorized in Kadija case from the Higher Prosecutor’s Office in Podgorica, which has initiated an indictment, creates a reasonable basis for belief in the prosecutor’s misconduct and certainly is not contributing neither to the establishment of a climate of tolerance nor to the fight against discriminatory behavior.

Taking into account that prosecutors have one of the key role in the enforcement of justice, the public needs to know the reason why the state prosecutor did not appear at the trial, by which he has obstructed the complete process. Despite the fact that he was duly delivered the summons, the State Prosecutor should have appeared for trial even by virtue of office, as well as for the reason of the character of criminal proceedings itself. Subsequently submitted request for the restitution of the case, which has been, only a few days from the decision of the judge Jovović, directed by the Basic State Prosecutor’s Office, represents a hindsight of the Prosecutor’s Office, not an adequate legal remedy. For this reason, the behavior of the prosecutor could be interpreted as further delay in the proceedings, although there should be already a final disposition until this date. »

Ministry of Finance submitted also the data on compensations based on the membership of the managing board

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) received from the Ministry of Finance, in addition to data on net salaries and other compensations that are required for the CCE research “How much managers within the state administration bodies earned in 2012?”, also the information on compensations that managing persons from this Ministry received on the basis of their membership in various boards.

The project How much managers within the state administration bodies earned in 2012? has been designed in the framework of the CCE subprogram Accountability and Transparency of authorities in order to contribute to raising awareness about responsible spending from the Budget of Montenegro. In this regard, the specific objective of this project was to determine the amount of money that managers in the state administration organs have acquired during performance of their duties in 2012, as well as any other additional compensation for the same period at the expense of the budget of Montenegro. This information was collected by CCE, pursuant to the provisions of the Free Access to Information Law, from 3 June until 25 July 2013, and publicized at the press conference held on 26 July 2013. The project itself has initially included 45 state bodies, 4 of which did not provide the requested information (originally it was 6, but the Ministry of Finance has sent a complete data 21.08.2013, the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs has sent a complete data 29.08.2013, giving at the same time a public announcement). CCE yesterday received a decision from the Ministry of Education and Sports that this Ministry will provide information upon payment of administrative fee by the CCE, which should soon result with the research that will have data from all ministries. »

To clarify the fate of all missing persons

In respect to the International Day of the Disappeared, commemorated on the 30 August, Centre for Civic Education (CCE) reminds that the states and societies of the post-Yugoslav countries have to constantly and dedicatedly work on clarifying the fate of all who died during the wars of the nineties.

It is legal, but also human, obligation to find as much as possible information about the graves and places of suffering in the territory of each country. Unfortunately, nowadays, two decades from civil wars happened in the region, we continue to talk about the thousands of missing persons in this area.

According to the data from the International Committee of the Red Cross 34,886 persons disappeared during the period 1991-2001. Remains of 11,859 persons are still to be found, of which 10, 190 are persons whose destiny is still unknown, and for 1,669 persons there are information about the suffering, but their mortal remains have not been found yet. »