The EU has prioritised neighbourly relations and reconciliation high in the 2018 Enlargement strategy. Its endorsement by the Western Balkans leaders at the Sofia summit (17 May 2018) and their joint declarations on missing persons and on war crimes, at the London summit (10 July 2018), give hope that strong support for reconciliation, through the RECOM Initiative, will be agreed upon at the Poznan summit (4-5 July 2019) within the framework of the Berlin Process.
The preparatory ministerial meeting (Warsaw, 11 May 2019) certainly underlined the “participants’ commitment to reconciliation”, as they “discussed a possible approach to dealing with the past by the governments with the involvement of civil society and victim associations through the initiative for RECOM” and “agreed to continue exploring this option” (Chair’s communiqué). Pierre Mirel, former Director for the WB at the European Commission, was asked to assist this aim forward.
It is in this context that Pierre Mirel met recently with state institution representatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including Staša Košarac, deputy of the SNSD Caucus, who issued a press release afterwards (16 May 2019). Mr. Košarac stated that Republika Srpska’s institutions consider RECOM as an “unacceptable institution for encouraging the process of reconciliation”, because “ICTY judgements cannot be the basis for establishing facts and full truth”. How can one deny that beyond the verdicts, even with some mistakes, facts have been established by the trials?
Centre for Civic Education (CCE), on the occasion of 27 May, when 15years will be marked of murder of Dusko Jovanovic, CeO and Editor-in-chief of daily Dan, expresses concern that this heinous crime has not yet been fully revealed.
Since the murder of Dusko Jovanovic to this date, there have been 85 attacks on journalists and media asset, and majority of these cases remain unresolved or without an adequate judicial outcome, which represents serious limitation for media freedom and work of journalists in Montenegro. Unfortunately, competent institutions that are obligated to protect media freedom and to prosecute any jeopardizing or attempt to jeopardize work of journalists demonstrated that this is not in their focus of work. Journalists are still live moving targets, and this is noted in all relevant international reports for Montenegro.
Regardless of the diversity of attitudes, Montenegro must be a place where pluralism of thinking will be its wealth, not the reason for physical assaults. Freedom of expression by speech, writing, picture or some other way is guaranteed by Article 47 of the Constitution of Montenegro.
In May this year marks 27 years since ‘Deportation of Refugees’, when a war crime against refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina was committed in Montenegro.
Tomorrow, on 25 May 2019, at noon, in front of Police Station in Herceg Novi, wherefrom the majority of victims were deported to their deaths, in an organized manner, on 25 and 27 May 1992, Human Rights Actions (HRA), Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and Centre for Women’s and Peace Education ANIMA organize a memorial gathering. This is the tenth anniversary that we commemorate in that place. As in all previous years, we leave flowers and pay tribute to the victims.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) today donated two hundred collected books to enrich the library fund of the Administration for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions (UIKS), and hence to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of persons who are serving prison sentences, i.e. to acquire some new knowledge under those conditions and to have more content within their free time.
Citizens had the opportunity to donate books through two conducted street actions. Also, other entities positively responded to this action and in that respect we express our thanks particularly to Italian Cultural Centre, Faculty for Montenegrin Language and Literature and Open Cultural Forum. Individually, the most publications were donated by Nevenka Nikolic, Andjelija Vesna Cosovic and Milos Knezevic.
Ten unemployed persons with disability are employed within the framework of the project ‘Developing skills for better employability of persons with disabilities’ implemented by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in cooperation with the company New Page LLC, and with the support of the Employment Agency of Montenegro.
Through this project that aims to improvement of the employability of persons with disability through informal training directed at the developing key competences, working practices and promoting benefits and good practices of employment of these persons within the group itself, but also towards potential employers and general public, ten persons with disabilities have passed two-month training in development of IT skills, entrepreneurship, development of business plan and start-up, as well as project proposal writing and management of projects funded by the EU. After that they have started working engagement.
Through intensive communication with potential employers and signing of cooperation contract with interested parties, the CCE provided employment for persons with disabilities in civil society organizations, private companies and institutions. Thus, Andrea Pavicevic, project participant, is employed in doo Arhimed, Ranko Vojvodic at the Centre for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro (CIN CG), Tamara Radenovic in the Agency for Personal Data Protection and Free Access to Information, Ivana RaduloviC in NGO CAZAS, Sladjana Stijepovic in NGO Green Home, Dragica Vujovic in Paraplegic Association, Niksic, Dragan Pejovic in ‘Moja knjiga’ LCC , Jupo Babaic in New Page LCC, Andrea Rogosic in NGO CCE and Marko Otasevic at the Institution of Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms of Montenegro.