Prohibition of Torture and Inhuman Behavior - Peremptory Norms in the Practice of the Montenegrin Legal Order

Ministarstvo pravde

The project "Prohibition of Torture and Inhuman Behavior - Peremptory Norms in the Practice of the Montenegrin Legal Order" was the idea of CEDEM as a result of mapped problems, challenges and shortcomings in this area when implementing previous projects in the area of strengthening the rule of law and the area of protection and promotion of human rights of sentenced and detained persons.

Having in mind the strategic goals of Montenegro and the obligations to implement EU standards in this field, the project aims to support the implementation of the prohibition of torture and other forms of abuse in Montenegro within the judicial, police and state institutions of closed type where the detainees reside and are directly protected by civil officials, by improving the framework for the implementation of relevant standards for the protection of the rights of prisoners and detainees, in accordance with European standards and good practices and providing theoretical and practical knowledge to practitioners' legal practitioners of the prevention of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, or, in short, the prohibition of the abuse of prisoners and detainees.

This project is specifically focused on representatives of: 1) Ministry of Justice; 2) Bureau of Criminal Sanctions Enforcement; 3) Institutions of the Protector of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Ombudsman); 4) Justice and Police Directorate; 5) Graduates of the Law faculties of the University of Montenegro, University Mediteran and University of Donja Gorica who are traineeships in the judiciary / police.

The main activities of the project are: 1) Preparatory phase of the project; 2) Preparing and publishing a manual for practitioners "Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights - Prohibition of Torture, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment: A Review of the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights"; 3) Organizing a two-day training for 25 judicial representatives “Application of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights - Practice of the European Court of Human Rights”; 4) Organizing a law academy for young personnel in the judiciary and the Police Directorate “Ius cogens - the role and legal obligations of democratic states in preventing torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” 5) Organizing the final press conference and external evaluation.

Project activities will be implemented in Podgorica and Kolašin, and the total requested budget required for the implementation of project activities is € 18,635.00. The project is funded by the Ministry of Justice of Montenegro.