Populism seriously undermines the institutional system

Daliborka Uljarević, Executive director of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), assessed that populism is not just some harmless, everyday political or electoral rhetoric, but a phenomena which seriously undermines the institutional system and erodes the rule of law.

At the first Democratic forum, titled “How to transform populism from a threat to challenge on learning about democracy?”, organised by the CCE in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, she stated that democracy implies pluralism, equality of everyone before the law, regardless of diversity.
That democracy, as she pointed out, should be based on values, not personalities.

“The specificity of prevailing populism in Montenegro is that the ones who question dominant power projects, linked to clientelist networks associated with Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) and its leader, per populists, work against the state and state interests, because they equalize one party and state”, told Uljarević.
Hence, according to her, populism is not just some harmless daily political or electoral rhetoric.

“Populism seriously undermines the institutional system, erodes the rule of law, contaminates political culture, deletes responsibility as an institute, and introduces non-democratic arguments and methods. That is why we require an open and substantiated discussion, and therefore we need to insist on making it clear that this situation is not beneficial either for the citizens, or for the state”, elaborated Uljarević.

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Call to memorial gathering on the occasion of 25 years since the crime of deportation of refugees

NGOs Human Rights Action, Centre for Civic Education and Centre for Women and Peace Education ANIMA are organising a memorial gathering tomorrow, Thursday, 25 May 2016 at noon, in order to commemorate 25 years since the deportation of Bosnian refugees from Montenegro that occurred in 1992. The gathering will take place in front of the main entrance of Security centre in Herceg Novi, and it is supported by the Council for Civic Control over the Work of the Police.

We call everyone to pay their respect to victims of crime of deportation of refugees by gathering and laying flowers on the place from which they were taken to death, and thus draw the attention of public to this war crime that remained unsanctioned to this day, and prevent it from happening against civilians ever again.

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Berlin process contributes to the quality of Montenegrin accession process to EU

H.E. Günther Mattern, ambassador of FR of Germany in Montenegro, was the guest of tonight’s European café, organised by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Within the ninth European café, ambassador discussed with the participants on the following topic: “Montenegro at the crossroad – where the country is heading and what can it benefit from Berlin process?”

European café was opened by Daliborka Uljarević, CCE Executive director, who assessed thereby that the process of “accession to EU is about to enter the stage which reflects the fatigue of Montenegrin authorities and institutions, and that the impulses gained through Berlin process are very important, as they are reminder that EU has not forgotten about the region, in spite of the numerous challenges it faces”. She stressed that Germany’s continuous attention to developments in Montenegro is aignificant for Montenegro “reflected in a strict, but friendly approach, able to simultaneously indicate on challenges which limit the development of rule of law and support the ones who are willing to deal with the same adequately”.

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Amendments of education laws should ensure quality, transparency and accountability

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has submitted its comments and suggestions to the Ministry of Education with regards to four legal texts – Law on Higher Education, Law on Primary Education, General Law on Education and Upbringing and Law on Education of Adults.

Among other things, CCE has underlined key remarks related to Law on Higher Education, and proposed that text of this law must contain a general definition of plagiarism in designated place, as well as that this definition must be comprehensive. This would encompass an important part of harmonisation of amendments of this Law with the existing amendments of Criminal Code, which recognized plagiarism as criminal offense for the first time and classified it within the category of those that have most socially-negative consequences based on the severity of punishment. CCE has been advocating for years a more precise legal definition of plagiarism, and believes that Ministry of Education should recognise this issue in an adequate and meaningful context. »

NGOs against the ban of protest at the boulevard in front of the Parliament and for the protection of constitutional right to peaceful assembly

Institute Alternative (IA), Centre for Civic Education (CGO), Centre for Development of NGOs (CDNGO) and Network for the affirmation of NGO sector (NANS) urge the Ministry of Interior not to persist in its intention to ban the organisation of public assemblies on roads through the amendments of law, because it is contrary to Montenegrin Constitution and international standards.

Even though Ministry of Interior justifies these amendments by referring to the verdict of European Court of Human Rights, case of Kudrevičius and Others v. Lithuania, we warn the Ministry of Interior and public that this verdict does not justify the introduction of ban at the road in front of the Parliament of Montenegro. »