Non-governmental organisations MANS, Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and Institute Alternative (IA) strongly condemn police brutality over citizens. We urge Minister of Interior Raško Konjević and Director of Police Directorate Slavko Stojanović to urgently undertake measures against police officers who exceeded official authorities.
MANS, CCE and IA assess that publically available video footage, where it can be seen how citizen are being beaten up, present clear evidence that some police officers used unlawful force. We believe that police is obliged and bound to secure respect of the law and to use force only when necessary so that they would not turn into violators of law themselves.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organised the main part of curriculum of XXI generation of Human Rights School, in hotel Residence in Miločer, from 22 to 25 October, with the support of UK Embassy in Montenegro, within the framework of project “Youth Build Montenegro”.
XXI generation of Human Rights School gathered 23 high school pupils from eight Montenegrin municipalities: Podgorica, Bar, Cetinje, Kolašin, Pljevlja, Plav, Rožaje and Tivat.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) welcomes decision of the Higer State Prosecution, which has, in acting upon the CCE complaint, ordered the Basic State Prosecution in Podgorica “to ascertain all facts relevant for passing a correct and lawful decision in the present criminal legal matter, and to subsequently pass a merit based decision”. This decision has been delivered to the CCE today, although according to the document it can be seen that it was made almost 20 days ago.
In this manner, it was proven that the Basic State Prosecutor, unfortunately, has not been acting according to the law when it dismissed criminal charges of the CCE against Sanja Vlahovic, Minister of Science, on suspicion of having committed a criminal offense of unauthorized use of copyright work and fraud.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has today, in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), in the framework of the project «European Café» organized a meeting of representatives of non-governmental organizations with H.E. Gudrun Steinacker, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Montenegro, by principle of the World Café method, on the topic “Three years from the opening of negotiations between Montenegro and the EU – a view from the EU”.
European Café was opened by Daliborka Uljarevic, CCE Executive Director, who stated that «EU accession process has introduced Montenegro to the intensive legislative process resulting in the so-called institute of unfounded legal optimism». She emphasized that there are «rather more important obligations whose fulfillment must contribute to substantial strengthening of state institutions and their measurable results. Only those institutions that are open for quality of human resources, and free from undue political influence, are guarantee of genuine reforms. Formal fulfillment of obligations gives percentages, but it does not bring us substantially closer to democratic values to the necessary extent». She has concluded that there is «less and less patience in Montenegrin society for systemic and political obstruction of the process, which these days can be seen also as a potential security problem».
We strongly condemn attack on offices of the TV Pink M and premises of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) which took place last night and invite the compenetn state authorities to urgently identify all the perpetrators and those who mainstreamed this, as well as to undertake the necessary measures in order to adequately punish the actors of these events.
Attacks on media and jeopardizing safety of journalists will not contribute to solution of political problems. On the contrary, in this manner only tensions are created that can be additional obstacle to finding a rational political solutions in the public interest.
Attacks on premises of political parties further polarize the society that is already too much divided.
Dissatisfaction with the editorial policy of media or with the work of a political party can be expressed in many different civilized manners, but never with violence.
All media, political parties and other entities have the right to work in a safe environment if we really want Montenegro to be democratic and organized country.
Goran Đurović, member of the RTCG Council
Stevo Muk, president of the Administrative Board of the Institute Alternative (IA)
Daliborka Uljarević, executive director of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE)