The system of alternative sanctions and probation measures is still a novelty for most of our citizens, which is also reflected in their knowledge, hence almost two-thirds of citizens state that they do not know what alternative sanctions and probation measures are, as indicated by data from the public opinion survey on alternative sanctions and probation measures which Centre for Civic Education (CCE) presented today.
Human rights in Montenegro are not a priority for the decision – makers, human rights culture has not come to life, which has a reflection on effective respect of these rights, assessed Executive Director of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), Daliborka Uljarevic.
At the presentation of key findings of the report on human rights affairs in Montenegro – Human Rights Barometer, she explained that the report gives an overview of the human rights situation for the period 2017 and 2018, and part of 2019, and identifies key challenges in achieving the standards in this area.
Administrative Committee of the Parliament of Montenegro determined the Proposal for the list for the appointment of the RTCG Council by authorized proposers. Proposal for the list was unanimously supported by the MPs of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), which confirmed that the DPS had controlled this process from the beginning, and that there was not a single candidate on the list that was tailor-made for the ruling party, as it became the key criteria for the election into the RTCG Council .
European Commission unambiguously expressed its position in the Montenegro 2019 Report, stating that undue political interference in the work of the public broadcaster are matter of serious concern. Instead of receiving it as a warning, the DPS is even more agile to conquer all the institutions that are crucial for the legitimacy of the upcoming electoral process, directly jeopardizing dynamics of our path to the EU.
This is also noted by the European Commission, as indicated by today’s tweet of the Head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Aivo Orav, in which he stated ‘The latest EU Commission report on Montenegro sent a clear message about the importance of remedying continued political interference in the national public broadcaster RTCG. It is a matter of serious concern, which requires resolute steps.’ This tweet was shared by the top European Commission officials from Brussels, including Commissioner Johannes Hahn, as well as the US Embassy in Montenegro, pointing out that the major foreign policy partners of Montenegro speak with one voice. And, it is exactly them that DPS directly confronts because of its party interests, jeopardizing the state and public interest.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) welcomes the decision of the Parliament of Montenegro on adoption of amendments that will return back to civil servants at the state and local administration rights deriving from their work in terms that they will be eligible also for financial claims on the basis of their work and that this will not be obsolete. Such unconstitutional restrictions were introduced in 2018 by the amendments to the Law on Civil Servants and State Employees and the Law on Local Self-Government.
As a reminder, on 22 October 2018, the CCE submitted to the Constitutional Court the Initiative for a review of the constitutionality and legality of the provisions of the Law on Civil Servants and State Employees, which limit claims based on work. In the meantime, at the end of March 2019, the Government declared itself regarding this initiative, assessing it as ungrounded, and essentially putting in finance ahead of the equality of citizens before the law.
Active approach of all parts of our society, as well as networking of student and educational structures, is very important to confront elements that lead to extremist ideas, as it was concluded at the fourth public debate ‘Dialogue in the community – prevention of radicalization and violent extremism‘ organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), which drew the attention of large number of students of the Mixed High school ‘Beco Besic’ in Plav.