On the occasion of February 27, 24 years since the crime in Štrpci occurred, Centre for Civic Education (CCE) wishes to pay homage to victims, as well as to remind about the responsibility of institutions with regards to this crime, since until nowadays, they failed to process involved perpetrators, masterminds and those who initiated this crime.
Crime in Štrpci occurred at the railroad station Štrpci, on 27 February 1993, when Serbian paramilitary group from Višegrad kidnapped and later executed 19 passengers from a train that was on a regular route between Belgrade – Bar. Out of those 19, 18 were Bosniaks, and one was Croatian: Esad Kapetanović, Ilijaz Ličina, Fehim Bakija, Šećo Softić, Rifet Husović, Sead Đečević, Ismet Babačić, Halil Zupčević, Adem Alomerović, Rasim Ćorić, Fikret Memetović, Favzija Zeković, Nijazim Kajević, Muhedin Hanić, Safet Preljević, Džafer Topuzović, Jusuf Rastoder, Zvezdan Zuličić and Tomo Buzov.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) assesses as positive that Ministry of Justice has begun with the amendments of Criminal Code during the process of harmonisation with the acqui communitaire, as well as with the documents of Council of Europe and United Nations, especially considering the importance of progress in meeting the benchmarks set out within the chapter 23 – Judiciary and Fundamental rights. CCE used the process of public discussion in order to introduce the competent ministry with the view related to this rather important legal text.
In this regard, CCE estimates that Article 29, from the Draft of law on the amendments of Criminal Code of Montenegro, in the part “Obstruction of justice”, did not establish the adequate balance between the need to protect the reputation of judiciary and freedom of expression as a fundamental human right. Deprivation of freedom of expression, which also implies the social critique, is not a good option in direction of strengthening the judiciary, which should undoubtedly be one of the pillars of democratic society, and CCE hopes that the norm in this form will not be included in the final amendments of Criminal Code.
Representatives of Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and Human Resources Management Authority have signed the Memorandum on cooperation for the implementation of activities within the project “Knowledge and skills for jobs”. Project objective is to contribute to the improvement of employability and status of unemployed graduates on labour market in Montenegro.
“Cooperation between civic sector and state administration is very important in order to tackle the challenges of our society, such as the unemployment of university graduates. Through the inter-sector cooperation and creation of new and efficient solutions in this area, we could improve the overall economic development of society, as well as the effectiveness of state administration”, stated signatories after the signing of Memorandum.
On the occasion of World Day of Social Justice, Centre for Civic Education (CCE) reminds that fair society can exist only when all citizens have the necessary conditions to live a dignified life based on their work and equal opportunities to participate in social, economic, political and cultural life of their community, without the discrimination in doing so.
Yet another day of social justice passed by unnoticed in Montenegro. The poverty rate is continuously increasing, further aggravated by unemployment statistics, hence citizens see the economic conditions i.e. poverty as basic barrier in the protection and realisation of human rights, as well as the most frequent basis for discrimination. In a society where corruption, in its various forms, has become the pattern of behaviour, citizens who are poor are the ones who are most excluded, as well as deprived of much needed access to justice and social services.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) organised study visits for selected interns to project partners – Institute Alternative and Daily Press, within the project “Active students for sustainable development”. Interns who are about to begin their month long practice were introduced with the mission of partners and their modus operandi, while the partners learnt about their expectations within this unique project.
During their visit to Institute Alternative, future interns were welcomed by Stevo Muk, President of Managing board, who spoke about the contribution of civil sector in the fight for more open and transparent society, as well as about the initiatives which Institute Alternative had in that context.