Short Guide through Legislative and Institutional Protection of Human Rights in Montenegro

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Authors: Marijana Laković Drašković, Daliborka Uljarević, Boris Marić,Wanda Tiefenbacher, Maja Stojanović

Publishing year: 2015

The protection of human rights is a huge challenge for all transitional societies. The achievements within constitutional, legal and institutional protection mechanisms are still seriously restricted in practice, which itself precisely diagnoses social weaknesses irrespective of whether their root lies at irresponsible political elites, whose influence on the institutions impacts the working efficiency and effectiveness, or it comes about bad habits, traditional demagogy and prejudices. The strengthening of administrative capacities, through developing autonomous institutions, immune against improper political influences, capable of achieving full international cooperation and implementing the best international standards and practices, shall represent one of the national Montenegrin priorities in the course of establishing functional democracy through the negotiation process with the EU.

In order to achieve an overall protection of human rights, a normative and institutional framework should be fully coordinated. The areas covered by Chapter 23 (Judiciary and Fundamental Rights) are of utmost importance for core reforms of the Montenegrin institutions and fall underspecific political criteria forthe accession to the EU.On the path towards joining the European Union there shall not be more and less relevant human rights; within this process they are inseparable and mutually dependent.

The publication is a part of the project “Fast Forward Human Rights!”, implemented by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) in cooperation with the Civic Initiatives (CI) from Belgrade, financed by the EU Delegation to Montenegro.