Regarding the physical violence and chauvinistic messages directed against the citizens of Berane, Igor Tomkic, and his family, as well as the burning of their property, we want to express resentment and revolt over the fact that something like this is possible in Montenegro. If this case does not receive adequate police and judicial epilogue, including the effective and lawful punishment of the perpetrators of unprecedented violence, we can only conclude that the rule of law in Montenegro has become truly questionable.

At the same time, it is of utmost concern to us that the authorities and the local public have demonstrated a clear inability to stand up to a handful of abusers and protect fellow citizens, despite his many months of warnings and cries for help. However, today it is already clear that the entire Montenegrin society, and above all- the Ombudsman; human rights; NGOs and the media, should take responsibility for protecting Tomkić.

CEDEM firmly believes in an open, anti-fascist and free society, just as it does in a state in which security and dignity will be guaranteed to all its citizens without exception. There is no compromise on these values, nor it is acceptable that any level of government contributes, through its omission or inefficiency, to the state of violence and chauvinism and the circumstances in which the Tomkić family will fear for their lives and property.

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Within the aforementioned project, CEDEM has implemented a large number of activities. Specifically, the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) presented the results of the "Forms of Discrimination in Montenegro" survey on Wednesday, May 26, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Podgorica. The research was carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and the Ombudsman Institution, as part of the project "Support to National Institutions in the Prevention of Discrimination in Montenegro" (PREDIM), funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, with the responsibility of the Council of Europe.

The research results were presented by Milos Besic, CEDEM's chief methodologist and Milena Besic, CEDEM's director.

From 29 to 31 August, CEDEM held a training course in Kolasin focused on the research skills of the Ombudsman's staff. The aim of the training is to increase research capacity for public policy needs. The training was implemented in cooperation with the Ombudsman Institution, within the project "Support to National Institutions in the Prevention of Discrimination in Montenegro" (PREDIM), funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and the Council of Europe is responsible for implementation.

The Center for Democracy and Human Rights, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, is implementing a project "Support to National Institutions in the Prevention of Discrimination in Montenegro - BEFORE", funded by the European Union. Within the framework of October 2017, the project hosted training “Capacity Building in Research Skills”. The training was led by prof. dr Miloš Bešić, methodologist.

The training was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Criminal Sanctions Enforcement Bureau and the Ombudsman Institution of Montenegro.

The training aimed to build capacity in research skills. The training contributed to the participants understanding of the research process as well as analyzing and interpreting the data obtained through this process. The training covers practical examples in different areas of public policy research, with particular emphasis on research evaluation design, given their day-to-day work.

In March 2018, the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) published the second survey "Forms, Patterns and Degree of Discrimination in Montenegro - Trends and Analysis" in collaboration with the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and the Ombudsman Institution, as part of the project " Support to National Institutions in the Prevention of Discrimination in Montenegro ”(PREDIM), funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and the Council of Europe is responsible for its implementation.

 

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