Last commemoration on Mamula in its original state

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) will tomorrow on 16 September 2017 lay down flowers and pay respect to victims who were detained in the Mamula camp during the Second World War. CCE invites all interested parties to attend the commemoration and pay tribute to monstrously tortured anti-fascists, prisoners of war and civilians from Montenegro, organized by the Organization of fighters of liberation war 1941-1945 Herceg Novi that provides free ferry transport from the port of Zelenika (at 9h00) and from Rosa at 9h15).

CCE emphasizes that this will be the last commemoration on Mamula in the original state.
Namely, commencement of works is expected already this month within the framework of Oraskom project of construction of a luxury hotel complex at this site of suffering, which will be directed towards elite tourism, and thus will not contribute to building a culture of remembrance and respect for victims. We remind that in February 2015, the Government of Montenegro and Oraskom signed an agreement on the lease of island of Lastavica and the Mamula fortress for 49 years, for a price of 1.5 EUR per m2, and the sea equatorium of the island for 90 cents per m2. The investment project is worth 15 million euros. This Government’s proposal initially failed to pass the parliamentary procedure at the end of July 2015, since opposition members and the SDP, who was then part of the ruling coalition, were against it. However, proposal re-entered Parliament in December 2015 when the ruling majority DPS, minority parties and the Liberal Party were given support from former SDP MPs Damir Šehović and Mićo Orlandić and MPs of the Positive Montenegro Darko Pajović, Azra Jasavić and Goran Tuponja.

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Montenegro – long journey from democrature to democracy

On the occasion of 15 September – International Day of Democracy – Centre for Civic Education (CCE) reminds of an underdeveloped level of democracy and application of democratic values in Montenegro, especially in the area of rule of law, respect for human rights and freedoms and fight against corruption and organized crime.

Theme of this year’s United Nations Day of Democracy is strengthening democratic institutions in order to promote peace and stability. Unfortunately, after more than two decades of transition, Montenegro is far from the state of strong institutions, and supremacy is still taken by strong individuals regardless of whether they have formal or informal levers of power by restricting professionalization and consolidation of institutions. Processing of “high corruption” cases remains unconvincing, even when some investigative actions are initiated, responsibility for million-valued damages suffered by the state budget is lacking, and very rarely the constructive criticism of NGOs is appreciated, that for years have pointed to failures in the exercise of power in the areas such as employment in the state administration, fight against corruption and organized crime, improvement of educational system, effective response to discrimination, and the increasingly difficult economic situation of citizens.

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Insufficient efforts of authorities in relation to disclosure of fate of the disappeared

Association of Families of Disappeared, Kidnapped and Murdered Persons “Red Peony”, in cooperation with the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), today organized a press conference on the occasion of 30 August – International Day of the Disappeared.

Tamara Milaš, programme associate at the CCE and spokesperson of the Coalition for RECOM in Montenegro, said that it is necessary to point out the need to illuminate fate of disappeared persons since it is an obligation towards the victims, their families and the whole society. Milaš reminded the public that 57 people are still deemed disappeared, estimating that this figure has declined slightly in recent years, indicating the still inadequate efforts of authorities to disclose the fate of the disappeared.

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Students acquired practical knowledge for the purpose of easier adaptation to labour market conditions

Newspaper articles, reports and documents related to public policies are result of the practical work of ten students of the Faculty of Political Science, departments of Journalism and Political Science, during performance of one-month practice within the project “Active students for sustainable development”.

The project was implemented by Centre for Civic Education (CCE) with partners – Institute Alternative and company Daily Press – Vijesti, with support of the European Union through the Directorate for Financing and Contracting of EU Assistance Funds (CFCU) of the Ministry of Finance.

Project Coordinator at the CCE, Damir Nikočević
has, at the final press conference on the occasion of awarding certificates for attending practice within the project, said that the selected students of the Faculty of Political Science, Journalism and Political Science, went through an intensive program of training and practical lessons.

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Montenegro still without Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes

On the occasion of 23 August – the European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes in the 20th century, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) again appeals to relevant institutions to establish a mechanism for permanent remembrance of victims of political repression of the socialist and communist regimes in Yugoslavia. This issue is important for Montenegro because a number of its citizens were among the victims of this political ideology, which included humiliating, inhumane and discriminatory treatment by the authorities.

Montenegro is characterized by the approach of «putting under the carpet» of unpleasant issues of the past and the continuous political unwillingness to handle the processes of dealing with the past fairly, efficiently and sustainably. We remind that Montenegro had by percent the largest number of political prisoners in the notorious camp on the Goli Otok in Croatia, in which the opponents of the communist regime of that time were brutally tortured and killed. However, the Goli Otok’s victims and their families have not been rehabilitated and compensated to date, although it was an obligation under the 1992 Assembly Declaration and promises of the Government.

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