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. »

Enable adequate participation of civil sector – letter to the Government and Ministry of European Affairs

GOVERNMENT OF MONTENEGRO
Duško Marković, Prime Minister


Ministry of European Affairs
Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, Minister

Podgorica, 11/5/2017

Dear Mr Marković,
Dear Mr Pejović,

We are addressing you concerning the recent decision which was adopted by the Government of Montenegro, namely to leave out Vuk Maraš, representative of NGO MANS, from the Working group for the preparation and conduct of negotiations for Chapter 23 – Judiciary and Fundamental rights.

Upon looking into the Decision on the amendment of decision on the Formation of Working group for the preparation and conduct of negotiations on the accession of Montenegro to European Un-ion for the area of legal acqui related to negotiating Chapter 23 – Judiciary and Fundamental rights, we have been informed that the Government passed a conclusion on 13 April 2017, based on which Vuk Maraš was excluded from the Decision proposal.

It is the obligation of Government of Montenegro to conduct accession negotiation process with EU in transparent manner, as well as to make room for an adequate participation of civic sector. In that respect, it is our duty, as representatives of NGO sector, to contribute to transparency of that process. We believe that this is not possible if such decisions are made regardless of procedures and without any explanation.

Hence, we urge that you inform the public on reasons for leaving out the candidate of MANS from the membership in Working group for the monitoring of implementation of measures from Action plan for Chapter 23, to review that decision and appoint him as member of Working group based on the amendment of Conclusion 07-931, in order to continue the cooperation with civic sector in line with democratic principles for which you have publically advocated.

Respectfully,

Maja Raičević, Executive director, Women’s Rights Center

Stevo Muk, President of MB, Institute Alternative

Daliborka Uljarević, Executive director, Centre for Civic Education (CCE)

Ana Novaković, Executive director, Centre for Development of NGOs (CDNGO)