System of awarding honorary citizenship must be transparent

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) is again pointing out the controversies of awarding the so-called honorary Montenegrin citizenships and the opaqueness of this process, and which often jeopardises the reputation of the country considering who are the ‘lucky winners’ of Montenegrin honorary citizenship.

As per data CCE’s data,  total of 250 honorary citizenships were awarded from May 2008 until September 2018. CCE has published list of 203 persons in 2015, in the publication ‘Honorary citizenships – awarder to whom and how?’, with additional 14 names subsequently through efforts to put the issue of legality of awarding of these citizenships under the scrutiny of the Prosecution due to determined irregularities from public reactions of the authorised institutions. In the meantime, the CCE has received list with 33 persons more. »

Tolerance must be an active position

On the occasion of the International Tolerance Day, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) highlights that the path to establishment of society of tolerance and equality is long and requires lots of efforts and devotion of all segments of society.

Tolerance implies freedom of expression and enjoyment of different identities and world-views which in mutual communication construct harmonious relations, prevent violence and promote culture of peace. Tolerance is often and wrongly being equated with withstanding, endurance, refraining from violence and discrimination, but tolerance must be an active position and a conduct which contributes to affirmation of human rights. Simultaneously, it is important to emphasize that tolerance of social injustice or its justification is unacceptable.

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Deadline extended for applying projects to Call for support to projects of OCD in Montenegro

Deadline for submission of projects fro the CALL that Centre for Civic Education (CCE) announced within the framework of the programme Let’s Put Corruption into Museum has been extended for 7 (seven) days.

Your project proposals, which should contribute to participation of civil society in implementation of anti-corruptive policies via monitoring, reporting and supervision of documents, but also other activities at the local levels in Montenegro, can be submitted until 22 November 2018 until 16h00.

More information is available at the link for this programme.

The project LET’S PUT CORRUPTION INTO MUSEUM!, CCE conducts in partnership with NGO Centre for Monitoring and Research (CeMI), NGO Bonum from Pljevlja, NGO UL-Info from Ulcinj and NGO Za Druga from Petrovac, in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Administration and the Agency for Prevention of Corruption, with the support of EU Delegation to Montenegro.

Human rights are compass for credible journalism

Media have important role in affirmation of human rights, in investigation and reporting on cases of violation of human rights, in giving voice to victims of discrimination and other forms of violation of human rights, in seeking answers and encouraging the authorised institutions to work more efficiently on promotion and protection of human rights. Such media are strong generator of achievement of principle of equality before the law and equal opportunities in society. 

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Government to establish responsibility within its management and not to violate rights of employees in state administration

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has submitted today to the Constitutional Court of Montenegro an Initiative for assessment of constitutionality and legality of the Article 167 of the Law on Civil Servants and State Employees, by which it is stipulated that ‘monetary claims from labour which have occurred from 1 January 2013 until day this law becomes applicable, are rendered obsolete within the period of three years from the day this law becomes applicable, i.e. from 1 July 2018.

This provision of the Law on Civil Servants and State Employees of Montenegro is unconstitutional, illegal and inconsistent with the general regulation – Labour Law. Namely, Article 123 of the Labour Law clearly stipulates that ‘monetary claims from labour and as per labour are not subject to obsolescence’, and it is applied to all employed persons in the state of Montenegro, regardless where they are employed.

CCE has based its Initiative on Constitution, Montenegrin legislation, as well as legal position of the Constitutional Court of Montenegro, but also the international documents that are mandatory for the state of Montenegro. »