Rule of Law

Montenegro is a civil, democratic, ecological and social justice state, based on the rule of law (Article 1, Constitution of Montenegro). The affirmation of the principle of equality before the law, as one of the fundamental postulates of the rule of law, is the primary function of Rule of Law Department.

CEDEM was the first NGO in Montenegro to organize seminars on international and European Union legal standards. Over 900 lawyers, judges, prosecutors and other civil servants have participated in our training programs since 1999. The Rule of Law Department prepares draft laws and draft amendments to the law; organizes round tables and seminars for representatives of judicial bodies; performs monitoring of court proceedings; and prepares, publishes and distributes publications with the ultimate goal to encourage a responsible, professional, efficient and transparent judiciary in Montenegro.

Center for Democracy and Human Rights - CEDEM implements media project: "Improving Local Media Practices in Combating Corruption and Organized Crime" with financial support from the US Embassy in Montenegro through the Media Professionalization Program, which aims to contribute to Montenegro's Euro-Atlantic integration the quality and credibility of investigative journalism in the area of corruption and organized crime.

The purpose of the project is to strengthen the capacity of local journalists, which would result in a more professional approach to the research process and credible reporting in the area of corruption and organized crime.

In this regard, the first training for 10 journalists was held in Pljevlja, Kotor, Ulcinj, Bijelo Polje and Bar. The trainer in the training was Ms. Mirjana Jevtović, an Insider research journalist. In addition to Ms. Jevtovic, the trainer at the training was Duško Vuković, an independent media expert, who spoke about the practical use of the code of ethics and the importance of its application in reporting on these processes.

The training was the basis for the beginning of a two-month research process of topics selected by the trainees, with the support of a mentor who would continuously monitor their work.

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Podgorica, PR Press Service - The Ombudsman Institution needs to be strengthened and better established with other institutions, and there should be crystallized oversight mechanisms in the security sector to address the protection of human rights and freedoms and other values. This was assessed by the Deputy Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms, Sinisa Bjeković, at a press conference organized by the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) to present the results of the project "Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Ombudsman for Oversight of the Security Sector".

He believes that it is necessary to strengthen the system that operates within the Institution of the Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms, but at the same time to "function" the link between that institution and other important institutions in the protection of human rights and freedoms. “By that, first of all, I mean the Constitutional Court of Montenegro, the courts and other state bodies, which are precisely on the primary line of protection of human rights and freedoms. Of course, within other state bodies, especially in the security sector, we must have crystallized oversight mechanisms, that is, mechanisms that would deal not only with the protection of human rights and freedoms but also with other important human values, "said Bjeković.

He pointed out that there was extremely good communication between the Ombudsman Institution and the security sector in Montenegro. "That was a relative surprise to me. I expected other organs to be much more flexible, "Bjeković said.

The project "Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Ombudsman for Oversight of the Security Sector" is implemented by CEDEM in cooperation with the Ombudsman Institution, with the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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