Newspaper articles, reports and documents related to public policies are result of the practical work of ten students of the Faculty of Political Science, departments of Journalism and Political Science, during performance of one-month practice within the project “Active students for sustainable development”.
The project was implemented by Centre for Civic Education (CCE) with partners – Institute Alternative and company Daily Press – Vijesti, with support of the European Union through the Directorate for Financing and Contracting of EU Assistance Funds (CFCU) of the Ministry of Finance.
Project Coordinator at the CCE, Damir Nikočević has, at the final press conference on the occasion of awarding certificates for attending practice within the project, said that the selected students of the Faculty of Political Science, Journalism and Political Science, went through an intensive program of training and practical lessons.
On the occasion of 23 August – the European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes in the 20th century, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) again appeals to relevant institutions to establish a mechanism for permanent remembrance of victims of political repression of the socialist and communist regimes in Yugoslavia. This issue is important for Montenegro because a number of its citizens were among the victims of this political ideology, which included humiliating, inhumane and discriminatory treatment by the authorities.
Montenegro is characterized by the approach of «putting under the carpet» of unpleasant issues of the past and the continuous political unwillingness to handle the processes of dealing with the past fairly, efficiently and sustainably. We remind that Montenegro had by percent the largest number of political prisoners in the notorious camp on the Goli Otok in Croatia, in which the opponents of the communist regime of that time were brutally tortured and killed. However, the Goli Otok’s victims and their families have not been rehabilitated and compensated to date, although it was an obligation under the 1992 Assembly Declaration and promises of the Government.
Executive director of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) Daliborka Uljarević has participated today at panel within True Stories Market at the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF) where she presented the story of Mamula Camp as a material for future film achievements, thus continuing a successful cooperation of the CCE, the FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival and the prestigious SFF, which was organized this year for the twenty-third time.
True Stories Market, organized for the second time, is a part of the project Facing the Past by which SFF aims to provide a platform for illuminating consequences of wars on territory of the former Yugoslavia and bringing closer this often suppressed topic to a wider audience through film. In this manner, it seeks to promote awareness, dialogue as well as knowledge on these important topics, and this programme has already seen concrete results in the form of finished films, some of which are already winning significant screenings and awards. The aforementioned films are Depth 2, by Ognjen Glavonjic, of Serbian-French production and Restless Dreams, by Muris Beglerovic, produced by Al Jazeera Balkans, which was premiered at this year’s edition of SFF, which have both originated from the True Stories Market.
On the occasion of the International Youth Day – August 12, the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) points out that young people in Montenegrin society remain marginalized, with limited opportunities for quality education, employment and professional advancement, and hence the construction of conditions for independent and dignified life in Montenegro, and therefore it is not surprising that there are more and more those who want to leave Montenegro.
According to the 2011 census, young people from 15 to 29 comprise 21.4% of entire population in Montenegro and thus represent one of the largest, but also unseen, social group.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) considers scandalous the first instance verdict for the «case of babies of Bijelo Polje» from 2014, where five of them were infected due to medical negligence while one of the infected babies has, unfortunately, died. The convicted doctors have by this verdict sentenced to a less than the statutory minumum punishment with possibility of their unhindered return to work after serving their “punishment”. This is a terrifying message both from the point of view of the legal certainty and equality of all before the law, the further victimization of families who have survived this trauma, and the necessity of returning reputation to medical profession that must be released from all those who disgrace this profession from inside, endangering also the lives of citizens.
Such verdict is inadequate in relation to gravity of the established criminal offense and it is not in function of preventing similar cases in the future. On the contrary, such a mild penal policy for the most serious crimes against human health will only contribute to the further collapse of the quality of the health system and trust of citizens which is already at a low level. On the other hand, in this case, none from the system that is obliged to take care of who, what and how works, and under what conditions the healthcare institution operates and provides services to citizens, was held responsible for the established and exceptionally bad situation in the Bijelo Polje hospital that could lead to severe consequences for health of patients. Therefore, the CCE appeals to the Prosecution to file an appeal against such a judgment in the further proceeding and to request pronouncement of a far more severe punsihment, which will be more proportionate to the serious criminal offense that was committed.