Questioning borders by film

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) will from 10 to 16 December 2017, organize the VIII FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival 2017 with the central programme in Podgorica in the PI ‘Budo Tomovic’ from 10 to 14 December, and with accompanying editions in Berane on 11 and 12 December in the Cultural Centre and in Kotor from 15 to 16 December in the Cinema Boka. 

FAST FORWARD 2017 is being realized with the support of the Commission for Allocation of Part of Revenues from Games of Chance of the Government of Montenegro, the Canadian Embassy, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Embassy of Italy, the Embassy of Israel, the US Embassy, as well as companies Metropolis, Studio Mouse, Post of Montenegro, PG Taxi and Compania de Vinos Montenegro. Partners of the Festival are PI CIC ‘Budo Tomovic’, BELDOCS, Sarajevo Film Festival, CC ‘Nikola Djurkovic’ from Kotor, Municipality of Kotor, Municipality of Berane and Centre for Culture Berane, while media sponsors are public service RTCG (TV and portal) and Vijesti (newspapers and portal).

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RECOM is a last chance for reconciliation in the region

Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in cooperation with Coalition for RECOM, organized today a debate on the topic of EU Support to transitional justice and reconciliation in the region.

On this occasion, Daliborka Uljarevic, Executive Director of CCE, stated that ‘it is important for us to discuss on future and establishment of sustainable mechanisms in the process of reconciliation in the region on this day, and we believe that RECOM is precisely such mechanism. Incursion on Dubrovnik, at the time named ‘War for Peace’, was a defeat of conscience and consciousness in Montenegro. This deranged act, that will produce multiple human tragedies must remain a testimony that admonishes and a motive for advocating to the end for facts on events that had their victims and their perpetrators, which left a profoundly negative trace in neighbourly relations. Only righteous and brave proceedings for war crimes, individualization of the guilt, publishing of documents that testify about decisions made by decision-makers of that time, may be a guarantor of security and stability of this region in the long term.‘ Finally, she pointed out the fact that we are ‘witnesses of region being still quite easily ‘flammable’ by irresponsible rhetorics, that more recent history in textbooks either ignores or represents with nationalistic colours, and therefore regional establishment of facts is important in order to constrict space for daily-political manipulations and interpretations that strenghten certain leaders but substantialy jeopardize cooperation and reconciliation, and RECOM offers exactly that.

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Cooperation of Government and NGO: one step forward, three backwards

A year of work of the Government of Montenegro, led by Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, has passed into an unexpectedly extremely unfavorable atmosphere for work and operation of non-governmental organizations. Namely, the Government has not made a single positive move towards fostering cooperation with the non-governmental sector, and certain Government actions in this field have taken us several years backwards.

Specifically, the Government of Montenegro has produced a Strategy for Enhancement of Encouraging Environment for Action of NGOs 2018-2020 in this year, without participation of NGOs to the end of this process. Something like this did not happen even in 2009 when the first Strategy for Cooperation between Government and NGOs was drafted. Even eight years ago, the Government recognized the need to involve NGO representatives in drafting a document that relates precisely to the position and work of NGOs. Now even this is being annulled. The Government itself completed the Strategy, feigning ‘involvement’ of NGOs by ‘enabling’ us to give opinions and suggestions at public discussion, when the possibility of influence on the document is very limited, although it is difficult to intervene on content of the document because of many deficiencies. No positive comment from the NGO representatives at the public discussion was directed to the Government Draft Strategy. It is therefore clear that, if such version of the Strategy is adopted, it will not help the further development of NGOs, but it can only serve the Government for formal reporting toward international actors. »

Municipalities must improve their transparency

Any deficiency in the work at the local level, whether it is a lack of citizens’ service or non-performance of jobs within jurisdiction of local self-government directly affects the quality of life of citizens but also the overall functioning of the system at higher levels, as it was assessed today at the final conference ‘I have the right to know!’ organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE).

During opening of the conference, Daliborka Uljarevic, Executive Director of the CCE, pointed out the fact that ‘local authorities are the closest to citizens and it is to be expected that they are also the most transparent. However, this is not yet the case in Montenegro, whereby significant differences in degree of openness i.e. closeness of local governments exist’. Transparency is also directly linked to effectiveness of the fight against corruption at the local level, therefore we insist on consistent application of the Law on Free Access to Information, both in the part of providing information per requests, as well as in the part of proactivity of authorities to publish all information of public importance at their official presentations‘, concluded Uljarevic.

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Youth and Media – Stand-Ins, Actors or Consumers?

NGO Active Zone from Cetinje and Centre for Civic Education (CCE) have organized today, in the Youth Centre in Podgorica, a conference ‘Youth and Media – Stand-Ins, Actors or Consumers?’.

Andrea Popovic from Ministry of Sports reminded that young people in Montenegro, institutionally speaking, are an cross-sectoral issue. Popovic also pointed out that visibility of youth through media is recognized as one of key priorities within Strategy for Youth. ‘In this regard, Directorate for Youth allocated around half million Euros for projects concerning precisely youth, which is significantly higher sum if we take into account that during last period Ministry of Sports has supported 6 projects with 170 000 Euros. Call for projects will be published at the end of year, and Ministry of Sports expects relevant organizations that deal with youth to engage and submit projects of as good quality as possible‘, announced Popovic.

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