Center for Democracy and Human Rights organized a final conference on 31.10.2019, which is also the final activity of the project “Together for Sustainable Results in Combating Domestic Violence, Child Begging and Forced Marriages“, supported by the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights.
The aim of the project is to contribute to the prevention and suppression of domestic violence, child begging and forced marriages among the RE population, through the strengthening of multisectoral, coordinated cooperation of all relevant institutions, organizations and institutions at the local level, which will result in the creation of unique mechanisms for solving these problems.
As part of the envisaged activities, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed with all relevant institutions and a network of local coordinators for combating domestic violence, child begging and forced marriages was created in Tivat, Podgorica and Berane.
The conference brought together about 30 representatives of line ministries, local self-government, judiciary, RE population, non-governmental organizations, and media. Ms. Milena Bešić, CEDEM Director, Mr. Ramiz Shahman, representative of the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, Mr. Nardi Ahmetović from the Center for Affirmation of the RE Population, Ms. Dina Knežević, Advisor to the Protector of Human Rights and freedoms of Montenegro and Mr. Rade Ćetković, Judge of the Basic Court in Podgorica, spoke at the conference.
The conference concluded that the lack of effective communication and cooperation between the competent institutions, problems in unclear competencies and inconsistent mechanisms for solving specific problems remain a major challenge in combating domestic violence, child begging and forced marriages among the Roma and Egyptian (RE) population.
It also emphasized the need for the establishment of shelters, but also greater pronouncement of measures of removal from the apartment in cases of domestic violence.