Security and Defense

Security is one of the most important preconditions for the realization of democracy, rule of law and human rights. CEDEM deals with monitoring security sector reform as well as international and regional security dynamics, with special focus on Montenegro. Based on research findings, CEDEM publishes analysis and recommendations addressed to lawmakers, government officials, representatives of security institutions, civil society, etc.

Within this department, CEDEM has implemented two regional projects. "Civil Society Capacity Building for Mapping and Monitoring Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans 2008-2011" produced publications and reports in various areas of security sector reform (transparency, democratic control and oversight, representation, etc.). CEDEM has become one of the seven members of a regional consortium of independent research centers in Western Balkans,and with the cooperation of this consortium and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) from Oslo, CEDEM is implementing a second research project, "To what extent is a security community being built in the Western Balkans?"


 

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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