Centre for Civic Education (CCE) submitted to Damir Šehović, Minister of Education, and Milutin Simović, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy and Financial System the Initiative for conducting an external audit of the University of Montenegro (UoM) for the period from 2018 to 2020.
In line with the Contract on financing between the Government and UoM and based on the Law on Higher Education and the Law on Budget, funds are allocated for UoM. This contract refers to three academic years – 2018/2019, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021, which are covered by the fiscal years from 2018 to 2021, and the UoM receives allocated funds on an annual basis if it meets the goals set as indicators of success. The contract has four annexes with indicators of success, but to date, there is no data available on how these indicators were measured and what were the sources of verification.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) supports the efforts of active citizens of Kraljske Bare, from the municipality of Kolašin, who fight for their basic human rights, defending from exploitation the “wild” rivers Ljubaštica, Crnja and Čestogaz, which are also potable. This takes place in the recently marked Regional Park, and these rivers are the first source tributaries of the Tara River, which is under UNESCO protection. Upon addressing of these citizens, the CCE sent various types of requests to the competent authorities to stop the construction of small hydropower plants by a privileged investor.
Due to violations of construction regulations, violations of local waters and devastation of that area, the CCE sent to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism an Initiative to suspend the construction and operation of three small hydropower plants – “Crnja”, “Ljubastica” and “Crni potok” (Čestogaz) in the Municipality of Kolašin, which the investor “Dekar” from Podgorica plans to make on the rivers Ljubaštica, Crnja and Čestogaz.
The Centre for Civic Education (CCE) has published a report Public Broadcasting Service RTCG – a Newsreel of a government, which provides an overview of the RTCG in the last year, including both management and programme and financial aspects of the RTCG’s work. The focus of the report is on the RTCG after the illegal dismissals of the management in 2018, and especially on the transparency and efficiency of the current Council of the RTCG. The report also encompasses an analysis of the news programme on sensitive issue, such as the Law on Freedom of Religion and Belief and the Legal Status of Religious Communities, as well as a cross-section of guest appearances in key informative programmes on RTCG during 2019, which represents the bifocals through which the RTCG presents the Montenegrin reality. Furthermore, the financial plan and report for 2019 were also assessed, as well as the recently adopted Law on the National Public Broadcaster RTCG, and the report provides a number of recommendations as well.
Today, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) sent a request to the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases (NCB) and the Ministry of Health for urgent clarification of measures of NCB relating to general provisions of wearing protective face masks, given the fact that NCB ignored CCE’s request, which was sent last week.
The CCE urgently requests the NCB to give a precise explanation of this measure, but also that the NCB influences all organizers of any type of gathering, especially institutions, organizers of meetings/events and TV stations, to ensure compliance with these measures when they are hosts, as well as that public officials be the ones to take the lead in respecting measures.
The Coalition “Together for LGBT Rights” most decidedly condemns hate speech direcgted to the LGBTIQ community and our allies by lawyer Velibor Marković and simultaneosly extends support to the journalist of the “Vijesti” Damira Kalač, who filed a complaint against Markovicć as a citizen, due to threats made on the social network Facebook.
Considering that lawyer Marković in his attempt to justify hate speech and open threats, invokes the Constitution, we want to remind that the Constitution of Montenegro explicitly prohibits “infliction or encouragement of hatred or intolerance on any grounds” (Article 7).
Every person in Montenegro has the right to express their gender identity and sexual orientation, which is explicitly guaranteed by the Law on Prohibition of Discrimination, which also prohibits hate speech. No individual should be allowed to arbitrarily restrict the freedom of any citizen of Montenegro and especially not to make open threats to those who stand in defense of basic human rights and freedoms. We are particularly concerned that hate speech and threats were used by someone who may find himself professionally representing a member of the LGBTIQ community, which obviously affects his objective judgment of such a person.