The Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) is implementing the project “Together for the Affirmation of Multiculturalism and Equality!”, Which was financially supported by the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights. As part of this project, a two-day school “Multiculturalism in Montenegro: Opportunities and Challenges” was held on June 24 and 25, 2019 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Kolasin. The aim of this project is to contribute to greater respect for the rights of persons belonging to minorities and to raise awareness of the professional and lay public about the importance of multiculturalism, providing practical and theoretical knowledge on anti-discrimination legislation and enabling equality of members of minority groups with others. equality policies through raising awareness of multiculturalism, the importance of accepting and respecting other cultures, as well as developing a spirit of interethnic tolerance among Montenegrin citizens.
The school was intended for young staff in the judiciary, civil society actors, representatives of councils of minority peoples and other minority national communities, and representatives of political parties.
On the first day of the School, the lecture was given by Siniša Bjeković, MA, Deputy Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms, and participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with universal and regional legal standards in protection against discrimination, Montenegrin legal order and specific protection against discrimination. Special attention on the first day was paid to anti-discrimination procedures and the rights of members of minority peoples and other minority national communities through a comparison of rights and practices.
During the second day of the school, Almedina Vukić, MA, UNDP consultant and former teaching associate at the Faculty of Political Sciences, spoke about multiculturalism and preservation of diversity in Montenegro, and the study of cultural globalization and related phenomena, their development, characteristics and implications for cultural diversity. At the end of the school, the participants gained knowledge about the activities of the European Union and international organizations in the field of cultural policy towards the growing degree of cultural globalization, and the need to protect the diversity of cultural expressions.
Finally, certificates for participation in the two-day school were awarded.