Human Rights


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms, without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, color, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.

CEDEM has been conducting activities in this area since its establishment in 1999, organizing many training seminars and workshops in order to strengthen protection for human rights in Montenegro. Its training programs are designed for different society actors, such as civil servants, civil society activists, students, etc. CEDEM made the first draft of the Anti-discrimination Law in 2005, which was followed by many educational programs in this area. 




CEDEM, the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, AIRE Centre and the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro held the fourth two-day workshop on the topic of discrimination, entitled "Prohibition of discrimination based on sex / gender."

logo cedem1CEDEM je u istraživanju koje je sproveo Program Think-tank i Civilno društvo, Univerziteta Pensilvanija iz SAD-a, rangiran među 25 vodećih think-tank organizacija iz Centralne i Istočne Evrope.

Istraživanje pod nazivom «Globalni Think-Tank index» za 2010. godinu je trajalo osam mjeseci i obuhvatilo 5491 think-tank organizaciju iz 169 zemalja u cijelom svijetu. Ove organizacije su nominovane u 29 kategorija, a u kategoriji koja se odnosi na organizacije iz regiona Centralne i Istočne Evrope (ukupno 535 organizacija), CEDEM se našao na visokom 20 mjestu.

Pozicioniranje među 25 think tank organizacija u regionu Centralne i Istočne Evrope, smatramo međunarodnim priznanjem za 15-godišnji rad na istraživanju i analizi političkih procesa u Crnoj Gori.

U prilogu dostavljamo kompletan izvještaj.

Kategorija u kojoj je CEDEM rangiran nalazi se na 32. strani Izvještaja.

The seminar participants adopted the following recommendations aimed at facilitating the implementation of anti-discrimination legislation:

  • Increase the budget of the Ombudsman Institution to ensure that the Ombudsman is adequately resourced so that he can adequately implement the Law and perform its new functions provided for in this Law and the Protector Act. The financial independence of the Protector should be ensured and guaranteed in accordance with international standards.
  • Adopt relevant by-laws prescribed by the Act within the time limit provided for it.
  • Enhance monitoring of the implementation of the Anti-Discrimination Law and other relevant laws.
  • Provide training on anti-discrimination legislation and the newspapers it provides for: the Ombudsman Institution, civil servants, police, judges, prosecutors, the civil sector. In addition, special training on their role based on the new anti-discrimination legislation and training for trainers should be provided for employees of the Ombudsman Institution as a mechanism to prevent discrimination, so that they can further train other relevant actors.
  • Increase citizens' awareness of discrimination and empower victims of discrimination to initiate procedures to protect their rights and provide appropriate measures for different communities.
  • Provide training on discrimination issues for private companies as well.
  • Develop a Law Implementation Handbook / Comment.
  • Conduct an analysis of the compliance of the Law with international standards and consider possible recommendations for the direct application of international treaties in accordance with Article 9 of the Constitution of Montenegro, in order to overcome the existing shortcomings of the Law.

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CEDEM conducted a public opinion poll on discrimination in Montenegro from 9 to 16 April 2010. The survey involved 799 respondents from 18 municipalities. View the results of the survey in a file.


CEDEM is ranked among 20 leading Central and Eastern European think-tank organizations in a study conducted by the Think-tank and Civil Society Program of the University of Pennsylvania at USA. The 2011 Global Think-Tank Index, which lasted for eight months, covered 6545 think-tanks from 182 countries around the world. More than 1500 respondents from 120 countries participated in the survey. Think-tank organizations were nominated in 30 categories, and in the category related to organizations from the Central and Eastern European region (537 organizations in total), CEDEM came in 20th place. Positioning among 20 think tank organizations in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, we consider international recognition for 15 years of research and analysis of political processes in Montenegro.

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