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. 





For the past nine months, the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) has implemented the Youth Can Change the Future project in cooperation with partners from Albania and Serbia.

The overall objective is to strengthen and promote intercultural dialogue by raising awareness of the cultural and linguistic diversity of young people, thus preventing negative attitudes towards people from other countries, while the purpose of the project is to create an environment that will contribute to the mutual understanding and cooperation of young people by building strong and lasting friendships and relationships with individuals from different ethnic groups in the Western Balkans regions.

As part of the project, a documentary was filmed with the participants of a regional study visit that took place in September 2018. The film presents the views, opinions, and recommendations of 20 young people from Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo and Serbia on the importance of multicultural dialogue and the role of young people in the process. In the movie, too, look at how young people were able to break down the prejudices they had about each other, resulting from the tumultuous history of our region and the often mutual misunderstanding and lack of knowledge of our neighbors' culture.

Another result of this project is the publication Inspiring stories: Springboard to reconciliation, in which we present the statements and stories of young people from the region about the causes and motives of prejudice, stereotypes and ethnic distance towards certain ethnic groups, and how to overcome differences, improve trust and relationships among young people in the region. The publication also includes a set of key findings and recommendations in the field of intercultural dialogue.

The documentary and publication were supported by the Regional Office for Youth Cooperation - RYCO, as part of the first call for proposals.

Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) is organizing a training “Media and Reconstruction of the Media Text” which will be held on February 21-22, 2019 in Žabljak. The training is aimed at teachers of class teaching, civic education, as well as native and foreign languages from primary schools in all municipalities of Montenegro (one teacher may be present from one municipality).

The aim of the project “Encourage media education in schools” is to develop teachers 'competences for students' media education and to develop a critical attitude towards media content in print, electronic and digital media and to encourage the promotion of extracurricular activities. Through this project, teachers will enhance professional knowledge and competences, as well as the development of extracurricular activities and student motivation through the acquisition of specific skills and knowledge required in the classroom as well as extracurricular activities. After the training, teachers are required to conduct at least one media literacy workshop for school students.

The lecturers at the training are Božena Jelušić, professor of Montenegrin language and literature, and Dragoljub Dusko Vuković, an independent media expert.

The project is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Montenegro.

Ministarstvo prosvjete Crne Gore